Literacy

FILE - In this March 7, 1989, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reads to a group of day care students at the Library of Congress in Washington celebrating "1989-Year of the Young Reader." In March 1989, JUST weeks after moving into the White House, Mrs. Bush founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. It has since raised more than $110 million to create or support literacy programs for men, women and children nationwide. She remained active with the group until mere months before her death Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at age 92. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)
April 20, 2018 - 9:26 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady. Bush was concerned about stubborn societal...
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FILE - In this 1990 file photo, first lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington. A family spokesman said Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
April 17, 2018 - 11:51 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush, left, speak before a college basketball regional final game between Gonzaga and Duke, in the NCAA basketball tournament in Houston. A family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, that the former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 16, 2018 - 11:06 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush, who was reported in "failing health" over the weekend, is in "great spirits" and the family is grateful for "everybody's prayers and thoughts," her granddaughter said Monday. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday that "Mrs...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush, left, speak before a college basketball regional final game between Gonzaga and Duke, in the NCAA basketball tournament in Houston. A family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, that the former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 15, 2018 - 11:25 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said Sunday. "Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek...
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March 07, 2018 - 8:00 am
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are giving Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology $30 million to help improve the literacy skills of elementary school students across the nation. The Reach Every Reader program will...
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In this, Dec. 20, 2017 photo, Jennifer Rocca, left, a teacher librarian at Brookfield, Conn., High School, left, works with Ariana Mamudi, 14, a freshman in her Digital Student class. The required class teaches media literacy skills and has the students scrutinize sources for their on-line information. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)
December 30, 2017 - 8:30 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems...
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December 05, 2017 - 2:23 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of prominent lawyers is suing California because so many school children do not know how to read and they argue the state has done nothing about it. The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California...
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Nicole Dickey, 39, an adult learner at Community College Preparatory Academy in southeast Washington, poses for a picture in the computer laboratory Oct. 24, 2017. Faced with high illiteracy rates among city residents yet an extremely competitive job market, Washington is experimenting with adult education. The district has opened more than a dozen adult schools, both charter and traditional public ones that serve around 5,100 students. “My life has changed, I am here to make it better,” said Dickey, 39, who left high school after she became pregnant and spent the next two decades working low-paying jobs, raising five children, living on government assistance and struggling with alcoholism. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
November 24, 2017 - 1:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high school dropout, Nicole Dickey adds fractions in math class at a charter school for adults, hoping to earn her high school credentials and find a good paying office job. "My life has changed, I am here to make it better," said Dickey, 39, who left high school after she...
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October 03, 2017 - 6:03 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University's journalism school has partnered with Facebook on a project to increase news literacy and combat false news. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication launched a news laboratory Tuesday that will work with news organizations to fight...
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