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Bush Foundation Issues Plan To Combat ‘Literacy Crisis’ In Houston

The plan addresses low literacy among children and adults in Greater Houston.


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Julie Baker Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, says there is a “literacy crisis” in Houston among both children and adults. The foundation is launching a plan to combat those challenges, along with local school districts and other community partners.

Here in Houston and across the country, Barbara Bush is known as the First Lady of literacy.

Thursday her Houston Literacy Foundation announced a new plan to improve reading in the region.

Julie Baker Finck leads the foundation in Houston and talks with News 88.7 Education reporter Laura Isensee about the challenges and some new challenges.

Here are some interview highlights:

On the state of literacy in the region: “There’s a literacy crisis in Houston and it really spans all age groups.”

  • What literacy really means: “The new sort of definition, if you will, of literacy is that it’s reading, writing, speaking clearly and thinking critically.”
  • Why is literacy such an issue here: “One (factor) is it is an inter-generational issue. Parents are the child’s first teachers and if the parent doesn’t have access to adequate resources … then that does put them behind their peers when they enter kindergarten.”

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