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Editorial: All-American effort: helping children read

Release Date: 
06/20/2017

Reading proficiency by third grade is one of the best predictors of a child’s long-term academic, social and economic success. Eighty percent of low-income children fail to read proficiently in fourth grade, compared with 49 percent of more affluent students, the U.S. Department of Education has reported.

To tackle that problem, the Suncoast Campaign has drawn together both counties’ school districts and library systems, the Sarasota Housing Authority, the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, the Patterson Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and numerous other government agencies and civic organizations.

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Sarasota-Manatee wins All-America City Award

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06/16/2017

This year, the awards focused on communities engaged in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is being implemented in more than 300 regions and more than 40 states across the country. That campaign works to increase the number of students who are reading at or above grade-level by the end of third grade.

The National Civic League cited the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s ability to “innovatively engage families” in the effort to increase reading proficiency.

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POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

Release Date: 
05/23/2017

For us at Lake Worth West Community Center, we are addressing school absenteeism. While it’s too soon to tell how effective these measures will be, we recognize that school absenteeism is a critical issue and we’ll keep working with our partners, including the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, to look for new and creative approaches to keeping families informed.

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