Literacy: The Key to Equity and Economic Recovery


Educational attainment is a critical factor in economic growth. Yet, 54% of U.S. adults read below the equivalent of a 6th-grade level. A study by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Gallup found that moving all adults to a 6th-grade reading level would add an estimated $2.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually. Join us for a discussion on how improving literacy rates can lift families out of poverty, driving equity and economic recovery.

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  1. Contextualize America’s adult literacy problem through the lens of economic impact on families, communities, businesses, and the nation as a whole.
  2. Understand how literacy skills impact income levels across the country
  3. Empower a broader set of partners to help solve the low literacy problem as it relates to economic gains and post-COVID recovery



Kay Kammel, Executive Services/Board Liaison, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

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