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Salisbury University gets $2M for English as a second language

SALISBURY — Salisbury University has secured a $2 million grant to continue funding courses that help local teachers reach students who are learning English as a second language.

The Daily Times reports this is the third such grant Professor Anjali Pandey has secured for the university since 2003. It’s aimed specifically at improving science, technology, engineering and math instruction for English language learners.

Schools in Wicomico and Worcester counties are facing a dramatic increase in the number of students learning English as a second language. That population has doubled in Wicomico County schools in the past decade. In Worcester County, the ELL population has grown by about 300 percent.

With the emphasis on improving science and math, educators are hoping to grow the pool of prospective employees in technology industries.