literacy http://michiganradio.org en ACLU sues state, Highland Park schools over 'right to read' http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-sues-state-highland-park-schools-over-right-read <p>The Michigan ACLU has filed what it calls <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/righttoread">a &ldquo;groundbreaking&rdquo; lawsuit </a>against the Highland Park school district, and state education officials.</p><p>At issue: The state&rsquo;s responsibility to make sure every child can read.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28yqre5555emtd51vilgaqckv1%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=mcl-380-1278">State law says</a> school districts must provide any special assistance &ldquo;reasonably necessary&rdquo; to bring a child up to grade level in reading.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:32:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8252 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU sues on behalf of Highland Park Schools students' 'right to read' http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-sues-behalf-highland-park-schools-students-right-read <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is suing on behalf of more than 950 Highland Park Public Schools students and their parents, claiming children aren&#39;t receiving an adequate reading education.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/">ACLU of Michigan</a> Executive Director Kary Moss told reporters at a news conference Thursday the lawsuit is about the &quot;right of children to read.&quot;<br /><br /> The suit against the state and others seeks class-action status.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:20:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8245 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU sues on behalf of Highland Park Schools students' 'right to read' Illiteracy and its effects on our society http://michiganradio.org/post/illiteracy-and-its-effects-our-society <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most fundamental parts of our daily lives. Something you have probably taken for granted.<br /><br />It&#39;s the ability to read.<br /><br />In the United States, more than 40 percent of adults with very low literacy live in poverty.<br /><br />One in five Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wage.<br /><br />And more than 70 percent of the U.S. prison population cannot read above a fourth grade level.</p><p>In collaboration with WBEZ&#39;s Front &amp; Center project, Michigan Radio peels back the layers of low-literacy.<br /><br />In our hour-long show, we explore the impacts that illiteracy has on our communities and what literacy, in an every changing digital world, will really mean in our future.<br /><br />Literacy is a big issue of concern for our educational system. Illiteracy can prevent people from filling out a job application or earning living wage. It also affects your civic participation.</p><p>Take a listen to our show using the &quot;listen&quot; button above, and share your thoughts with us! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:54:13 +0000 Zoe Clark & Jennifer White 7871 at http://michiganradio.org Illiteracy and its effects on our society Program teaches adults literacy skills, how to read http://michiganradio.org/post/program-teaches-adults-literacy-skills-how-read <p><em>Every week on What&rsquo;s Working, we take a look at people and organizations that are changing lives in Michigan for the better.</em></p><p>Ken Lampar is the director of Macomb Literacy Partners, a program that helps adults learn to read and improve their literacy skills.</p><p>Nearly 70,000 adults in Macomb County are functionally illiterate, meaning they can&rsquo;t perform tasks like filling out a job application or reading a perscription. Though literacy rates <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/interactive/patchworknation/stats/education/adult-literacy/mi/">vary across the state</a>, an estimated <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/StateEstimates.aspx">8% of adults in Michigan</a> lack basic reading skills.</p><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:42:10 +0000 What's Working & Christina Shockley 4676 at http://michiganradio.org Program teaches adults literacy skills, how to read