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How Philly plans to get more kids reading by fourth grade (Philly.com)

About 100 people gathered Thursday at City Hall to talk about the goals, progress, and promise of Read by 4th, an effort of the School District, the city, and the Free Library.

Mayor Kenney, who was honored as a “Reading Hero,” made it clear that the goal is “one of the most crucial priorities” of his administration. With a push from Kenney, the city has invested millions in pre-kindergarten programs and on community schools, which embed social services in school buildings to help eliminate barriers to academic success.

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