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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to an organization called ‘Turn the Page KC’ only 34 per cent of third graders in Kansas City can read at their grade level.

In the inner city, that number drops to 19 per cent.

Turn the Page KC says that’s unacceptable and has set goals to improve literacy. Monday afternoon city leaders, including Mayor Sly are meeting with leaders in education about Kansas City children’s ability to read.

In the next five years, city leaders want 70 per cent of all third graders in Kansas City to be able to read.

In order to succeed, leaders say they will need to do the following:

  • Increase attendance to 95 per cent at all elementary schools
  • Get more kids involved in early learning programs
  • Get 70 per cent of those who are reading under grade level involved in a summer reading program
  • Enlist more volunteers to donate 750,000 hours a year to helping kids read

The meeting is at 2:00 p.m. at Union Station.

For more information on KC literacy, click here.