Students who move to the United States without knowing how to speak English face unique challenges, and they often look to schools for assistance.
Schools try to fill those gaps with their English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that help those students learn English and also introduce them to the culture. There are nearly 300 ESL students in the Tupelo Public School District with 17 different languages spoken among them.
On today’s show, Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (9:11) joins Derek and Brad to talk more about the ESL program and the steps it takes to aid immigrant students.
Also today, Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (19:13) provides an update on the legislative working groups that are meeting to study the state’s tax structure and recommend possible changes. An expert who met with them last week noted that sales tax holidays do not necessarily help grow the economy.
Food editor Ginna Parsons (30:16) highlights this week’s food section – black-eyed pea dip, beef or pork roast and a new Corinth restaurant.
Plus, Brad (38:50) has the wackiest crime reports from last week.