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Dallas Morning News Editorial: Expanding Reading Partners could help struggling students



It is not uncommon to find serious reading deficits when you look at the reading scores of Dallas elementary schools. On some campuses, 30 percent or more of the third-, fourth- or fifth-graders failed the state's 2013 reading achievement exam.

Teachers are their first responders. And parents can back teachers up by reading with their children.

But sometimes schools require more help than that. They need volunteers who can assist in intervening with students who struggle to comprehend passages, decode words or read at the appropriate speed.

For that reason, we’re excited to see Reading Partners expand its footprint in the Dallas school district. The local chapter of the national organization now has tutors in 17 Dallas schools. That figure is up from 10 schools last year.

The volunteers work with students for an hour each week. In some cases, students may work with two tutors at different times each week. ...more

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Can Ford Steal Corvette Thunder With This New Mustang? by ERIC SCHAAL WallStCheatSheet.com

ERIC SCHAAL




The newsicon1.png about Ford (NYSE:F) has been so positive of late it’s tough to see any dark spots. However, the flurry of attention heading GM’s (NYSE:GM) way for its new Corvette Stingray could be one. As the date of the new Mustangs approaches, Ford will try to steal some of that Corvette thunder with high-performance vehicles like the new Shelby from its Special Vehicles Team.

Most consider GM’s Camaro the main competitor of the Mustang, but as a top-line attention-grabber, the Shelby line of vehicles goes beyond pure muscle. Ford needs thrilling cars that compliment the practical Focus, the brawny F-Series pickups, and the crowd-pleasing Fusion. In the next Mustang Shelby GT, they are likely to have a car that snatches attention from the more elegant Corvette Stingray. Already, spies are out jockeying for a look at Ford’s Shelby test cars. ...more

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The Corvette Stingray Gives More Car for Your Cash

Wall St. Cheat Sheet » Automobiles »
By Justin Lloyd-Miller


Right from the get-go, Chevrolet’s (NYSE:GM) new Corvette had a lot of pressure riding on it. In addition to living up to the standards the Corvette name has made for itself, Chevyicon1.png had to execute the launch in a way that would also stay in line with the company’s strategic directions and increasing regulatory pressures on factors like fuel consumption. Further, the automaker had to offer the full Corvette package at a Corvette price.

Needless to say, it delivered.

Yahoo’s Motoramic blog notes that at its birth in the ’50s, “the Corvette’s sticker price of $3,490 was high but not outlandish for a two-seat sports car — slightly more than a median family’s annual income … Today, the median U.S. family of four earns $51,000 a year, and lo and behold, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray starts at $52,000.” ...more

 

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