OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Mayor Jean Quan on Monday kicked off “Oakland Reads 2020,” a seven-year literacy campaign that aims to improve literacy among the city’s schoolchildren.
With only 42 percent of Oakland’s third graders reading at grade level, the project aims to improve that figure to 85 percent by the end of the decade.
“All of Oakland deserves to read,” Quan said at a briefing with outgoing Oakland Unified School District Superintendant Tony Smith. City council members Libby Schaaf and Dan Kalb were also at the news conference at the Oakland Marriott City Center, as well as State Assemblyman Rob Bonta.
Quan said students who are not prepared to read in third grade are 13 times more likely to drop out of high school. She said poor reading skills can affect children for life, hurting their ability to get a job and making them more likely to become involved in crime.