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Virginia Weighing Merits of ESL Programs

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Virginia's students have a problem: many of them aren't reading on the levels that they should be by third grade. Students who have not caught up by then often fall behind in other courses, and are unlikely to ever catch up. The state's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission is weighing recommendations to enhance third grade reading performance statewide.

Delegate Johnny Joannou found it hard to support English as A Second Language program development. He said his immigrant background had socio-economic challenges and many children of his generation overcame those challenges without programs.

JLARC project leader Kimberly Sarte, explained why she things there is such a disparity in learning between older and current generations.

"I think that some kids aren't getting the support they need at home," she says. "Perhaps there are other reasons outside of the school that may cause them to come in kind of deficient. A lot of kids are going to have difficulty. And so if you can raise the level of the classroom program with some of the strategies that we'll discuss, that's obviously going to help these kids."

The proposals include providing more engaging reading materials, book rooms with those works, and using new digital technology.

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For A Female Banker At The Top Of Her Game, What Does It Take To Stay There?

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Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
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LISTEN: At The DNC, We Asked Women Why They Were Voting For Clinton

We asked women — as young as 4 and as old as 77 — how much the weight of history factored into their decision.
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New Reports Of Hackers In Democratic Party Computer Systems

The Clinton campaign says its systems were not hit but that a program it uses was in the party's compromised system. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was also hacked.

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