In 2009, House Bill (HB) 4328, authored by Texas State Representative Mark Strama and sponsored by Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti, created the Interagency Literacy Council for “the study, promotion and enhancement of literacy in the state.” The Texas Interagency Literacy Council (Council) was instructed to provide a written report to the Texas Legislature, the Office of the Governor, and the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) on November 1 of each even-numbered year beginning in 2012, until the Council expires in 2019. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has now published the Council’s 2012 report.
Illiteracy in the state of Texas is a growing problem. TWIC reports in a 2010 study that over four million Texans are eligible for adult education services. This number is projected to double by 2040. On average, 19% of adult Texans cannot read a newspaper.
Aware that the adult education system in Texas is fragmented among state agencies, employers, and nonprofit and volunteer organizations, the council was charged with identifying barriers Read more » about TWC Interagency Report