Top Literacy Stories: January 16

Jacksonville mayor to announce week-long financial literacy program
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown today will announce a week-long series of free financial literacy events in May to improve the financial management skills of the community.

The Charter Schools Agenda in Tallahasee
One of the bills, SB 1162, creates “family charter academies,” a new class of publicly funded, privately run schools, that would allow parents to attend school with their children. Bringing an integrated approach to adult education, the schools would “assist adults and parents in setting and obtaining goals for helping their children with homework, obtaining a job, enrolling in vocational training, or earning a GED certificate.”

Audits on heart and joint procedures chill Florida doctors
A story from this week’s Tampa Bay Times notes that Medicare audits in FL are on hold. Pre-payment review of high-dollar procedures that tend to be over-done in Florida hospitals created an outcry from doctors

How Nonprofits Make Data Fun and Informative
Whether they are bringing attention to an important cause, explaining their internal operations, or demonstrating the impact of their work, nonprofits can use infographics to present data in a way that is far more engaging and efficient than what could be conveyed with words alone.

Celebrate Adult and Family Literacy in Florida This Month!

September 8th is International Literacy Day, and Florida Governor Charlie Crist has again extended his support by signing a proclamation recognizing September as Florida Adult & Family Literacy Month.

The Florida Literacy Coalition is again partnering with the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Parks Service to recognize and celebrate this worthy cause.  However, we’ve added an extra element to the partnership this year – five regional community events to promote adult and family literacy.  These events will take place at state parks in the following cities:

  1. Tallahassee, Sept. 8 at Maclay Gardens.  For more information call: (850) 245-9670.
  2. Jacksonville, Sept. 11 & 12 at Talbot Island State Park
  3. Apopka, Sept. 11 at Wekiwa Springs State Park
  4. Sarasota, Sept. 11 at Oscar Scherer State Park
  5. Hobe Sound, Sept. 11 at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

These events are being organized by local planning committees comprised of area adult education and literacy programs, libraries, the parks and other community stakeholders.

Many of our literacy programs in areas other than those listed above are also celebrating Literacy Month!  Click on the links below to learn more about additional literacy celebrations throughout Florida!

We hope you will attend one of the events referenced above to help recognize the importance of adult and family literacy in Florida.  One in five Floridians is functionally illiterate.  This means they cannot read their mail, complete a job application or read a book to a child.  For more literacy stats, click here.

If you know of other Literacy Month celebrations, let us know about them in the comment section below.