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Mother Brought Daughter To America For Schools

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Carla George said she came to the United States from the Dominican Republic so that her daughter could receive a better education.

"I didn't like how they were teaching her," said George. "There were too many other students."

George's daughter Ashley, 11, is in fourth grade at John F. Kennedy Magnet School. This is Ashley's first year at an American school, and she is still getting adjusted to learning in English after being brought up speaking Spanish.

She hopes her daughter will be able to advance to sixth grade next year once she can better understand English. Ashley is on a waiting list for the OASIS after-school program, which assists students with language deficits.

George also struggles with speaking English, but she does her best to help Ashley with her homework every day.

Ashley needs the most help with language arts, but she is pretty good at math.

"I left my teacher with his mouth open because I know so much math," Ashley said with pride.

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