of POSITION STATEMENT Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (11/20/13)
What is literacy?
Literacy is an individual’s
ability to read, write, compute, and solve problems at levels of proficiency
necessary to function on the job, in the family, and in society.
Economic Impact for Oklahoma
and the Nation
Oklahoma’s future economic
success is dependent on well-educated and literate citizens.
464,367 Oklahomans age 18 or
older are without a high school diploma
Workers 18 and over with a
bachelor's degree earn an average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high
school diploma earn $27,915; those without a high school diploma average
$18,734. (U.S. Census Bureau).
A rise of 1%in literacy
scores leads to a 2.5%rise in labor productivity (The Economist, August 28, 2004).
Fifty-nine percent of
Oklahoma students live in poverty, and in our state’s two largest districts the
poverty rate is above 83 percent. The link between poverty and low achievement is
well-documented. (2010 DRAFT Oklahoma
State Department of Education - Oklahoma Comprehensive Literacy Plan)
American businesses currently
spend more than $60 billion each year on employee training, much of that for remedial
reading, writing, mathematics and computer skills (ProLiteracyWorldwide).
Building Wealth in the North Tulsa community
Create - Initiatives related to economic development, education, workforce, housing and effectively market the positive attributes in North Tulsa.
Invest – Foster collaborative public/private investments in North Tulsa and be recognized as a premier destination point in the state of Oklahoma.
Advocate - Working Together to Build a Brighter Future for North Tulsa Residents