Literacy is an educational milestone that remains elusive for some school children in Detroit.

At Mumford High School and Academy, only 10 percent of freshmen are ready to crack open William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and get to work digesting text from the revered tragedy, educators say.

The remaining 90 percent are at reading levels that range from first grade to fifth.

“Our kids have figured out how to survive, but they are not competing with those who’ve had language and books read to them from birth,” Mumford Academy assistant principal Kyra White said. “The gaps are real, and the gaps are large.”…

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