"We have a literacy crisis in this country, with nearly 2 out of 3 fourth graders reading below grade level," said Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) President and CEO Alicia Levi. "This not only is tragic for the individual children and adults involved, but, as this report points out, it is creating a huge skills shortage."
"For 50 years, RIF has worked to promote literacy and help overcome the early learning gap," Levi added. "The recommendations in the Business Roundtable report track with much of what we know through our research, including the Department of Education-funded study that led to RIF's highly effective Read for Success program. We applaud the Business Roundtable for its leadership in this critical area and look forward to working with its members, including a number of our RIF partners such as longtime literacy activists Macy's and Duke Energy, to help insure every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her highest potential."
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