City Limits: Groups Scramble to Fight Students’ Literacy Slip Over Summer Break

By Patrick Donachie

July 16, 2015

Students, parents and educators were to meet at seven different areas in the city, where they'd board subways for City Hall enjoying live storybook readings along the way. Jennifer John, Literacy Inc.'s deputy executive director, said the event illustrated the organization's increased emphasis on summer reading...

City Council Member Mark Levine, one of the speakers at Literacy Inc.'s City Hall event, lamented that the widening literacy gap wasn't given greater focus.

"It's incredible we haven't devoted more resources to this," he said. "Kids spend 80 percent of their life outside of school. I don't see any way to close the achievement gap that doesn't capitalize on that."

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