Bilingual

A recent study out of Philadelphia tracked kindergartners who were learning English and found that four years later there were major discrepancies between which groups of students had mastered the language.

Students whose home language was Spanish were considerably less likely to reach proficiency than any other subgroup. And, on the extreme end, Spanish speakers were almost half as likely as Chinese speakers to cross the proficiency threshold.

Part of our ongoing series exploring how the U.S. can educate the nearly 5 million students who are learning English.

Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings.

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·         Mexican Journalist Marcela Turati takes risks reporting on the drug wars.

·         North Texas resident Lindsay Diaz was underinsured when a tornado hit.  That’s made rebuilding more difficult.

·         A nature trail brings relief to a distressed New Mexico neighborhood.

·         Houston Symphony Orchestra members are helping bilingual students adapt English words through music.

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·         GOP Candidates Face Off On Immigration

·         What’s Motivating Texas Republicans To Vote

·         Polls Show Sanders With Solid Lead In Texas

·         Study Says Voter ID Laws Reduce Minority Turnout

·         Student Diversity Leads To Diverse Food In Schools

·         Rio Grande Bosque Trail Is Wheelchair Friendly

·         Literacy Campaign Gives Bilingual Books To New Moms

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No Cleanup Plan Yet For Albuquerque Dry Cleaning Spill        

A few weeks ago we told you about a problem with the groundwater in Albuquerque, New Mexico —a big problem.  A plume of poisonous dry cleaning chemicals is flowing underneath ​two neighborhoods, just north of downtown.

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