Illiteracy rampant in Los Angeles: report

Study finds more than half of residents in Los Angeles area are functionally illiterate, mayor concerned about economic ramifications
||Last Updated: 10/21/2004

High illiteracy due to immigration and an excessive school dropout rate are threatening the well-being of Los Angeles’s economy, according to the city’s mayor.

Mayor James Hahn, reacting to a report that found more than 50 per cent of the working-age population in the region can’t read a simple form, called it an “emergency situation” and said the poor literacy rates could drive out high-tech businesses and other industries that pay well, according to a report in the

Los Angeles Daily News