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.
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