Focus guests to discuss Campaign for Grade Level Reading

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May 21, 2012

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Focus guests to discuss Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Two out of every three U.S. fourth graders are not proficient readers, according to national assessment data. The picture is even worse for those living in poverty; more than four out of every five low-income students are not reading on grade level.

Research has found that students who have not mastered reading by the fourth grade are more likely to become stuck in a cycle of academic failure, drop out of school, and struggle throughout their lives.

To address this growing concern, more than 70 regional leaders in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have joined forces to launch the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. On the next edition of Focus host Kathy Lehr takes a closer look at the Campaign for Grade Level Reading to learn how it plans to improve early learning in our community. 

Special guests include Executive Director of the Strive Partnership of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Greg Landsman, United Way’s Success by 6 Executive Director Stephanie Byrd and Northern Kentucky Education Council Executive Director Polly Lusk Page.

Focus will air at 7:30pm Friday, June 1, on ThinkTV14 and at 12:30pm Sunday, June 3, on CET.

This episode of Focus is part of the public media initiative “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen,” a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help Cincinnati and other communities across America to address the high school dropout crisis. Starting in January, CET began local American Graduate efforts by working to raise public awareness of the dropout crisis, recruit mentors for at-risk students, provide educational resources to primary students and much more.

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