“Right now, only 34 percent of Nashville’s third-graders read at grade level”

At this week’s Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual report card release, Mayor Megan Barry announced the launch of a literacy initiative. 

Many of us live with the reality of 3rd grade’s starring role in the school-to-prison pipeline. Kudos to the mayor and our city’s leaders for tackling this extremely challenging issue. Because when we make an issue our priority, good things happen. 

Literacy has been a recurring concern in the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education Report Card over the years – and we are going to do something about it. If a child can’t read proficiently by third grade, they are significantly less likely to graduate from high school, which limits their future opportunities. Right now, only 34 percent of Nashville’s third-graders read at grade level. In 2017, Metro Nashville Public Schools Dr. Joseph, the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Education Foundation and I are going to pull together community organizations to form a cohesive, citywide birth-to-third-grade literacy plan to improve the future of our youth.Learn more: http://tnne.ws/2h8MPOJ

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Vesia Hawkins

Extremely passionate about education choices, fairness, and good football.

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