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Number of non-native English speakers growing in Casper, Wyo., schools

from Casper Star-Tribune

Sheila Villanueva held a book open to the fourth-graders — all native Spanish speakers — crowded around a low table in her small room at Evansville Elementary. "What word do you see in 'earth'?" Villanueva asked, pointing to the text. "Do you see 'ear'?" Her students nodded. "But do we say, 'ear'-th?" she said. Danny Henriquez-Vasquez laughed. "No!" he said. "Good. Silly English, right?" Villanueva said, turning a page in the book. The number of English language learners in the Natrona County School District has grown by more than 30 percent over the past five years, from 262 non-native English speakers in 2009 to 358 last year. more

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