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Diversity of the Sioux Falls, S.D., school district

from KELO-TV

South Dakota's largest school district is using its annual demographics report to find ways to improve and grow with the diverse population. According to the district, kids are speaking 60 different languages with several dialects in Sioux Falls schools. And that number could continue expanding with new ethnic students moving to the area. "Right now this year, we are 30.4 percent diverse. So that number continues to grow at a rate of about one to two percent over the last 15 years or so," Community Relations Supervisor DeeAnn Konrad said. To help acclimate these kids into regular classrooms, there are programs to help them learn English at their own pace. The English language learning program, or ELL., is designed to work with kids on a one-on-one basis. According to the "Demographics Report", there are currently more than 2,000 students participating in ELL. more

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