Economic security, access to health care, the ability to support the students and their families and the ability to actively participate in civic life all depends on an individual’s ability to read.
- 85% of all juveniles who are arrested are functionally illiterate.
- Businesses and taxpayers lose approximately $20 billion a year due to limited literacy skills in lost wages, profits, and productivity.
- 40% of prison and jail inmates lack a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- In regard to reentry needs, 94% of prisoners name “more education” as their #1 need.
- Low health literacy is linked to higher rates of disease and mortality.
- It is linked to as many as 100,000 deaths per year.
- Literacy impacts health knowledge, health status, and access to preventative health services.
- 85% of children whose parents do not have a high school degree live in poverty.
- Over 1.2 million people over the age of 18, 18% of Georgia’s adult population, have less than a high school education.
- In the U.S., high school dropouts commit 75% of crimes. (www.dosomething.org)
- In 36 Georgia counties, 30% of the adult population does not have a high school education or its equivalent.
- Most undereducated parents lack the skills and confidence to support children’s at-home educational needs.
- Without basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, Americans are struggling to find jobs, stay healthy, and support their families.