THE BRONX - In a move to improve adult literacy rates across the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that more than $3 million will be spent to expand literacy programs.

Officials say The Bronx has one of the worst high school dropout rates of the five boroughs.

For Rauol Cardenas, 21, a literacy program allowed him to improve his reading after having to drop out of high school to support his wife and child. He says he can now read books with ease.

Also announced was the creation of new health education and job training programs.