Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Sacramento community was reportedly recognized on Tuesday, November 13, by a nationwide literacy movement for launching a broad-based effort to ensure that more children learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade, according to a media advisory.

Ralph Smith, managing director for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, reportedly appeared with Mayor Johnson to present the Community Solutions Pacesetter Honors for Sacramento READS!, an initiative that brings together educators, civic leaders, nonprofits, businesses and philanthropists.

The Campaign has named Sacramento and 24 other cities as Community Solutions Pacesetters for their work addressing the challenges that keep low-income children from mastering reading by the end of third grade.

The Pacesetter Honors recognize communities that are “leading by example” to solve one or more of these challenges that can undermine early literacy. As a Pacesetter, Sacramento provides other communities with promising models and best practices to replicate.


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