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Illiteracy in Suffolk is probably more widespread than you think. Here's why it could get worse.

posted Jun 16, 2016, 9:08 AM by Lisa Cross
  • By James Thomas Jr.
  • May 19, 2016

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    Illiteracy in Suffolk is probably more widespread than many people think.

    Consider one in six Suffolk residents cannot read this sentence. The statistics from the Suffolk Literacy Council continue: about 20 percent of the population lacks a high school diploma or equivalency and might not fully understand all of the words written here.

    An uncertain number of people work on jobs that require basic writing skills but often cannot complete daily tasks. Then there are those who could use help but won’t ask for it and the overall situation could get worse before it gets better.

    “It’s because we have a critical shortage of literacy tutors,” said Jessica Reitz, tutor coordinator at the Literacy Council. “I have a waiting list for students to serve. So it’s a reasonable expectation this problem is going to continue.”

    Read more online at the Virginian-Pilot.