Series: Literacy In Wisconsin

The term "literacy" covers more than just the basic ability to read and write. This concept has evolved to cover a broad continuum of skills people need in their lives. Many adults and children struggle with literacy in its various forms, as they navigate the increasingly complex worlds of health care, finance, and technology. Their needs are difficult to quantify, especially when it comes to adult literacy. But Wisconsinites can turn to many resources and organizations to empower themselves through enhanced literacy skills.
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People in Wisconsin are going to the library for different reasons, and libraries are serving them in different ways, thanks to the technological changes of the last two decades.
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Wisconsin has a rich history of bookmobiles serving communities, especially in rural places like Door County.
A pair of proposed bills in the Wisconsin Legislature would change the funding formula for the state's public schools, allowing districts to use money that is currently allocated to libraries and move it to educational needs as they see fit.
Many low- and moderate-income working families in Wisconsin may qualify for thousands of dollars in tax credits.
Young children often have trouble understanding why they cannot have every toy or piece of candy they see at the store. However, around age 10, kids begin to comprehend that money is a limited resource.
Consumers who check their free credit reports for errors may be surprised to see they do not contain credit scores.
Twenty-six percent of U.S. adults say they or someone in their household has had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months. But medical bills should not be ignored.
For people with health insurance who want to see a doctor or get other care, the first step is understanding where to go that is covered by the specific plan.
As a whole, Wisconsin residents have higher levels of financial literacy, improving levels of financial capability and, at least in some areas, better financial behaviors, compared to the rest of the U.S. However, it also appears people in the state may not be aware of their own knowledge.
Financial literacy researchers have no shortage of recommendations on how people should handle their money, how families can learn more about their finances, and how a crisis can encourage new ways of thinking about these issues.