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In Arkansas, schools are supposed to teach in English. Here's how one district gets around it

from PRI

"This one just got here in March. She wasn't enrolled," says Carlnis Jerry, lifting an eyebrow and nodding her head toward a third-grader who is speaking in Marshallese. It's a Wednesday, and Viona Koniske is sitting with her classmate during a "lunch bunch" gathering in a converted supply closet at Parson Hills Elementary in Springdale, Arkansas. Jerry had overheard Viona's brother, a student at the school, speaking in the language of the Marshall Islands about someone else living in his household. She made a trip to the Koniske home and discovered the girl. She then helped Viona's single working father figure out how to enroll his daughter in school mid-year — something he had been too confused about and too busy to do himself. more


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