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(RNN/KENS/CNN) - At least one person in San Antonio has died Saturday during heavy flooding caused by rain that dumped more than a foot of water on some parts of the area. Police confirmed a woman's bodyMore >>
Another 60 people were rescued in two different neighborhoods in Bexar County, according to county spokeswoman Laura Jesse. Three people were rescued from the top of roofs.More >>
Rosy Spraker was only a half-mile from the finish line of her seventh Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She received her medal later in the mail at her Lorton, Va., home. But she couldn't bring herself to...More >>
Rosy Spraker was only a half-mile from the finish line of her seventh Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She received her medal later in the mail at her Lorton, Va., home. But she couldn't bring herself to wear it...More >>
Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.More >>
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, authorities said. The attacker was later identified as a...More >>
Gay rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in Moscow but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at a demonstration which went ahead despite a court order.More >>
Gay-rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in the Russian capital on Saturday, but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at that country's first-ever gay pride march.More >>
Alabama's Reading Initiative should be expanded beyond third grade.
The state scored big in the national report card for education progress this year - leading the nation in improvement. And Montgomery County scored in the top 15% in the state!
Alabama gained eight points from the last test two years ago in fourth grade reading. Next closest was Georgia, Florida and Massachusetts . They each gained five points. The national average was a three point increase.
That's real proof that the reading initiative in grades kindergarten through third grade now in all schools statewide is working.
Thanks to all of the teachers, students, principals, and reading specialists who have helped make this a model program for the nation!
The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology initiative also is working and should be expanded beyond the one quarter of the Alabama public schools it is currently being used.
Fourth grade math scores tied for third highest in the nation in improvement.
Overall, the state still trails the national average in both fourth and eighth grade reading and math.
Fourth grade math scores were 10 points lower than the national average and eighth grade math scores were 14 points lower.
Fourth grade reading scores were four points below the national average and eighth grade math scores were nine points lower.
Much work remains to be done to surpass the national average.
Expanding the reading initiative and math, science, and technology initiative will help make sure the huge improvement Alabama showed this year continues!