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A Good Read: A Story About a Refugee Kid Named Bill Clinton

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The eighth installment of a series about a school year in the life of a 9-year-old named Bill Clinton Hadam didn't say one thing that this reader wanted to know: How did a Congolese boy who grew up in a refugee camp in Tanzania get that name? I had to turn to the fine print in "about this project" over at the Christian Science Monitor to learn that bit of information.

But in a very captivating way, this week's "Who's failing—the student or the test?" installment of the series "Little Bill Clinton: A school year in the life of a new American" uses Bill Clinton's progress in school to illustrate the mismatch between English-language learners and some of the accountability provisions under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Relish the writing and in-depth reporting in this series because it's rare these days that a reporter has a chance to follow a single student for a whole school year and produce a multimedia series about it. I'm definitely jealous.

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hi,

people must know more knowledge of different language. you must learn different kind of language which will be useful in your future.

hi,

people must know more knowledge of different language. you must learn different kind of language which will be useful in your future.

Hi Mary Ann,

Thank you for your kind words! It's been a pleasure to report the series. If you're curious to know more about how Bill got his name, the full story is here: http://features.csmonitor.com/littlebillclinton/2008/08/07/a-9-year-old-finds-refuge-in-suburban-atlanta/.

Best wishes,
Mary Wiltenburg
Reporter, Little Bill Clinton Project

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