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A state program aimed at increasing literacy rates among Tennessee students may not be funded next year.

The goal of Read to be Ready is to increase the share of third-graders who are proficient at reading to 75% by 2025. Less than half of students did when the program started in 2016.

Learning To Read, At Age 55

May 1, 2019
Illustration by Mack Linebaugh / WPLN

When a Nashville man named Robert was young, no one seemed to mind that he didn’t know how to read. But as he got older, his lack of literacy made challenges in life even more difficult.