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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 31, 2018 09:50 AM
From: Representative P. Michael Sturla
To: All House members
Subject: National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in PA (former HR 496)
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that approximately 13 percent of adult Pennsylvanians lack basic literacy skills, impacting an individual’s social, economic, and physical wellbeing. In an effort to address this egregious issue and bring awareness to the necessity of adult literacy education and support programs, I will introduce a resolution designating September 24th through September 29th as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in Pennsylvania.

Without literacy skills, a person’s ability to finish high school or equivalency programs, continue onto post-secondary degrees, or complete job-training programs are negatively impacted. The resulting effects increase the chance for unemployment or underemployment, impeding a person’s ability to financially care for their family. Adult literacy is also key to ensuring the educational success of future generations, as research shows that parents reading to children has a direct impact on the success of their children’s education. Additionally, a lack of literacy skills can lead to severe health consequences if individuals do not have the capacity to read their prescriptions and follow medical instructions.

We have an obligation as legislators to ensure our citizens are equipped with the necessary tools to succeed at home, in the workplace, and throughout society. Please join me in bringing awareness to adult literacy and co-sponsoring this important resolution.

Introduced as HR989