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July 1, 2020

WLC President and CEO Jimmie Williams and WLC instructor Dr. Robin Barr were on the Kojo Nnamdi show June 15th. They discussed DC's Digital Divide and the thousands of adults who struggle with reading and basic math.

It was a great opportunity to shine the light on WLC...

April 8, 2019

Three nonprofits that tutor and teach D.C. kids how to read lost $3.75 million dollars in grant funding because the city missed a federal deadline. Two people have lost their jobs over what the mayor calls both a technical and human error.

In 19 D.C. schools, Readi...

April 27, 2018

On Tuesday, April 24 the executive director of the Washington Literacy Center testified before the DC Committee on Labor and Workforce Development Public Budget Oversight Hearing.  During his testimony, Williams asked the Chair, Elissa Silverman and members of the Comm...

February 20, 2018

A George Washington University doctoral student created an app to help adult learners improve their reading skills. Working in conjunction with literacy instructors in Washington, D.C., the app helps fill a need for students who fall through the cracks.

Jennifer Hill, w...

June 15, 2017

The Congressional Baseball Game will go as planned Thursday at Nationals Park after Democrats and Republicans called for bipartisan unity in the wake of the congressional baseball practice shooting.

"This bipartisan event shows baseball's power to bring people toge...

June 14, 2017

A gunman who police say opened fire on a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, shooting House Majority Whip Steven Scalise and three others, died following a shootout with law enforcement officers, President Donald Trump said.


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