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December 13, 2017
In Focus Today
In Focus Today
Literacy
(2007-07-24)
Ajit Gopalakrishnan, left, is an education consultant for the CT Dept. of Education, and Carl Guerriere, right, is Director of the Greater Hartford Literacy Council. TYLER ANTRIM, WNPR
(wnpr) - It's a problem in the country that seems hidden from view, but is taking a major toll. Roughly half of America's 90 million adults can only read at a fifth-grade level or below.

This means that many more people than we might think have trouble with some basic daily tasks that require reading. It's costing employers billions in lost productivity, it's shutting doors for employment growth - and most shockingly, it has a huge negative impact on future generations. Families who can't, or don't read, tend to produce children who won't either.

Today, we'll continue our two-part conversation about literacy with Ajit Gopalakrishnan, an education consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education, and Carl Guerriere, who is Director of the Greater Hartford Literacy Council.

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