Arizona school districts have been given permission to cut the time some English-language learners spend in a mandatory immersion program.Read More »
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Saying the state is doing all that is legally required, a federal appellate court on Monday dismissed a 23-year-old lawsuit claiming Arizona does not do enough to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn English.Read More »
State lawmakers are moving HB2485 to require the state to buy computer programs for English learners with specifications that were crafted in detail by a company selling the software.Read More »
Among Gov. Jan Brewer's big three priorities for the 2013 legislative session, performance funding for K-12 schools was the one that got left behind.Read More »
The clash over the way Arizona teaches English to kids who don’t speak the language is being waged on two fronts.
The more familiar one is in U.S. District Court in Tucson, where for the past 19 years the state has been defending Flores v. Arizona, a case that has driven funding and policy for teaching kids to speak English and has been to the U.S. Supreme Court and back.
Time has run out for school districts that aren’t compliant with the state’s English Language Learner program.
In the three years since the program, which requires four hours a day of English immersion for students who aren’t proficient in the language, was established, not one school district has been sanctioned financially for non-compliance, even though a sanction is required by law, according to a report by the Office of the Auditor General.
The United States Supreme Court has struck down a lower court’s ruling that Arizona has failed to comply with federal education law by improperly funding English education classes.Read More »
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a few cases that impact Arizona, including the English language learners case. AZCapitolTimes.com will provide updates and reaction from lawmakers. For now, check out the court’s official ruling at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/08pdf/08-289.pdfRead More »