Top Stories in Literacy: July 9

Top Stories in LiteracyFlorida Reading Programs Fight “The Summer Slide”
Florida students can exercise their reading skills over the summer through a free program at their public library. The goal is to mitigate the summer reading loss that leaves some students two years below grade level by the time they reach middle school.

Does Reading Make You a Better Person?
Reading has become much more than just a way to pass the time for inmates in Brazil’s federal prison system. Prisoners who are approved for the program can now reduce their sentences by 4 days for each book they read, up to 12 books a year. Works of literature, philosophy, classics, or science will count toward the sentence reduction.

Their voices were heard: City Council restores adult literacy funding
In reaching the half year mark of 2012, the fight for adult literacy funding in New York City hasn’t slowed down. With adult literacy not originally included in the Mayor’s FY13 budget, advocates have been rallying and petitioning to encourage both the Mayor and the City Council to restore funding for ESL, GED, adult basic education, immigration and job readiness programs.

Student Loans: LA Teacher Has Wages Seized 30 years Later as Government Targets Individuals who Defaulted
Those who default on their student loans are at risk of having their bank accounts drained and wages garnished — more than 30 years after the fact, according to a Bloomberg report.

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