ERIC Number: ED259085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Illiteracy in New York State--A Hidden Disgrace. Senate Committee on Investigations and Taxes Report.
New York State Senate, Albany.
Findings and recommendations of the New York State Senate Committee on Investigations and Taxes are provided from an examination of adult illiteracy in New York State to estimate its extent and cost, to evaluate existing efforts, and to develop new approaches to reduce it. Findings show that there are approximately 2,040,000 functionally illiterate New York residents over the age of 18, that they cost the state millions of dollars in welfare payments and unrealized tax revenues, that the state has failed to allocate funds for literacy programs, and that the State Board of Regents has avoided its responsibility for setting educational policy and priorities. These recommendations are made: the Board of Regents should assign a higher priority to combatting adult illiteracy; the state should provide more funds; colleges should offer incentives to student tutors of adult illiterates; and the State Department of Education should cooperate with other agencies and institutions to combat illiteracy, develop a mentor system, and develop programs using computers and public access cable television. The report also contains a definition and demographic breakdown of illiteracy, a more detailed examination of the failure of leadership evinced by the Board of Regents, specifics on the cost of illiteracy (cost to the state, future savings, the cost to private industry), and case histories of two former illiterates. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Senate, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York