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Federal Judge says Literacy is NOT a Right
Posted by Peter Waite on July 09, 2018 in categoryAdvocacy
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The recent court ruling in Detroit that literacy is not a basic human right has stirred considerable interest and debate throughout the nation. It is particularly fitting that this discussion has happened as the nation celebrated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 242 years ago.

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Lighting Sparks for Adult Education This July 4th
Posted by Peter Waite on July 03, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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As we pass by the 4th of July, we are once again reminded of the critical importance of literacy as a vital foundation to our democracy. We are finally gaining some additional traction in awareness and support for literacy.

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The Prison Reform Bill is a Move in the Right Direction
Posted by Ben Davis on June 07, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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Recently, President Donald Trump signed a pardon for Alice Johnson after meeting with Kim Kardashian West to talk about prison reformKardashian West’s primary focus was to ask for clemency to be granted to Alice Johnson, who was sentenced to life without parole for a nonviolent drug conspiracy charge and money laundering. However, their talk also focused on prison sentence reform and rehabilitation programs, which would include education funding.

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There Are No Names of "Morons" on This Wall!


Over the years, I have observed that while Memorial Day tributes will be given to special groups—the battalions of the Army and Marines, the battle groups of the Navy, the air wings of the Air Force, and others—one group of service members will go largely unnoticed and unappreciated. Indeed, they were unwanted to begin with, and only used when the demands for manpower at the front became so great that the military services had to use them. They are the undereducated, marginally literate young adults who score between the 10th and 30th percentiles at the lower end of the military's bell curve of aptitude, known in military personnel circles as “Category IV’s” and in other, less professionally restrained circles as “dummies.”

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3 Surprising Reasons Why Volunteer Tutoring Helps you Live Longer
Posted by Ben Davis on April 26, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryAdvocacy
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While talking with Ruth Colvin, co-founder of ProLiteracy, she has said volunteering will “change your life as well as change the life of a student.” Besides the fact that volunteer tutors have the ability to better the lives of students, their families, and have the satisfaction of knowing that they improved their community, how else does volunteering benefit someone? According to the American Psychological Association, volunteering might increase your lifespan. “People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves."

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