Closing the Achievement Gap for children in schools is a goal that's proven tough to achieve across the country over a period of several years, but it's one that educators, parents and lawmakers continue to try to make happen. North Carolina passed legislation in 2012 that may help. The Read to Achieve program works to ensure that every student in the state is reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. In this special edition of Charlotte Talks, we're working with the YMCA, MeckEd and Teach For America to bring together leaders from four of the major school systems in our region. We'll discuss literacy, the problems in bridging the Achievement Gap in school and find out what gains the Read to Achieve program may make towards the goal of improving literacy in North Carolina, when Charlotte Talks. This show was recorded on Thursday night July 25th at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.