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Literacy Group Denounces County Budget Cut

By Lisa Litzinger

Buffalo, NY – Literacy Volunteers of America is denouncing a proposed 20 percent budget cut from Erie County.

The group is launching a campaign to highlight the city's 30 percent functional illiteracy rate, which is ten percent higher than the national average. Functional illiteracy refers to anyone who reads below a fifth-grade level.

Executive Director Tracy Diina says the group provides an essential service to the area.

"We see everyday, young people that come in, barely able to read, cannot hold a job, have no future, that end up in our prison system or on public assistance," Diina said. "We help people from getting to that point."

Diina says there is a direct correlation between functional illiteracy and poverty levels.