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90% of Welfare Recipients: High school dropouts
43% of Adults at Level 1 literacy skills: live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5
Just a few statistics:
•Literacy is learned. Illiteracy is passed along by parents who cannot read or write.
•One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
•43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5
•3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels
•90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts
•16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts.
•Low literary costs $73 million per year in terms of direct health care costs. A recent study by Pfizer put the cost much higher.
US ILLS DIRECTLY RELATED TO ILLITERACY
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