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A Downpour on Literacy and Emergency Alerts


Although emergency announcements are efficiently being plastered across our devices in all of the ways we can possibly see them, there is a missing factor: readability.

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How Spanish Literacy Helped Elma Write to Her Mother


Elma Velasquez recently completed the Leamos program at Alachua County Library District in Gainesville, Florida. Elma is 48 years old, and moved to the United States in 2002. She was born and raised in Mexico, suffering severe poverty as a child. As the first-born child in her family, she was not able to attend school. Instead, she worked in the cornfields with her dad and made brick and roof tiles to help support her family.

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A Two-Pronged Approach to Health Literacy


Today, National Health Literacy Month is observed annually in October to remind all of us about the importance of being able to read and comprehend information about our health and to better communicate with health providers.

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How advocates can advance immigrant workforce issues at the state and local level


The National Skills Coalition is releasing a new report that gives state and local advocates fresh ideas for advancing policies to improve immigrant access to workforce and adult education services. At the Intersection of Immigration and Skills Policy: A Roadmap to Smart Policies for State and Local Leaders focuses on the fast-growing phenomenon of state Offices of New Americans and city Offices of Immigrant Affairs, and their intersection with public workforce and education agencies.


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Why Jobs Are Not the Only Solution to Poverty


Most of the time in America, when a person sees another wrapped up in a blanket on the side of the road collecting every penny he or she can, that person wonders how he or she failed. In France, for example, the observer of the same situation wonders how the state failed him or her. The belief is that people living in poverty should work, because “they don’t,” and clock in as many hours as humanly possible since the pay for the jobs available to them is generally pretty low. But the fact is that millions of Americans work with little hope of finding job security and comfort.

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