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Valera Pruneda (cq, age 8) reads both English and Spanish books during Gilda Martinez's third grade bi-lingual class at C. M. Macdonnell Elementary School in Laredo, Texas, US, Tuesday, Dec., 8, 2009. With over 95 percent of the population as Hispanic Spanish speakers, Laredo ranked the lowest in literacy rates in the 2000 US census. Today there are a number of bi-lingual and dual language classes set up to help students and adults learn english...PHOTOS/ MATT NAGER
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