Education

A Conversation About Literacy With Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal

Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Deal, serves as a co-chair on the Georgia Literacy Commission.
Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Deal, serves as a co-chair on the Georgia Literacy Commission.
Credit Jaime Henry-White / Associated Press file

According to a recent Deloitte study, one out of every six adults in Georgia is “low literate,” or can’t read well.

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That finding prompted business leaders, educators and lawmakers to form the Georgia Literacy Commission.

The report shows Georgia adults with low literacy earn 30 percent less than adults with a high school diploma. The study also reveals adults with low literacy cost Georgia $1.26 billion in social services and lost tax revenue each year.

The commission has four co-chairs, including Georgia’s first lady Sandra Deal.  Deal, a former teacher, sat down with WABE’s Martha Dalton to talk about the commission.

Listen to the extended version below:

 

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