“State of Literacy Symposium” strives to improve literacy

“State of Literacy Symposium” strives to improve literacy
“State of Literacy Symposium” strives to improve literacy

“State of Literacy Symposium” strives to improve literacy

More than half of public school students in the city, 54 percent to be exact, don’t meet reading standards for their grade levels. And the stats for adults are also sobering: 3 in 10 adults in Chicago are reading only a basic level. It’s numbers like those that were the spark for Chicago first-ever “State of Literacy Symposium,” which takes places Thursday. We speak with two literacy experts who are involved in the event. Stacy Ratner is the co-founder of the Chicago Literacy Alliance. She was just named one of five Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine, which dubbed her “the reading rebel.” And Becky Raymond is executive director of the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition.