Basic Literacy is an essential job skill. Every public school student should leave school literate enough to qualify for an entry-level job of some kind.

Every year, more than 1.2 million young people drop out of school in the United States.

Many, if not most, leave  without reaching a level of basic literacy.

The child who cannot read fluently by the end of the eighth grade faces not only academic failure, but years of personal dissatisfaction.

College is for the few. Literacy is for everyone.