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State’s English Language Learner program battle being waged on multiple fronts (access required)

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.

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Time is Out: School districts out of ELL compliance face losing money (access required)

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.

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Supreme Court rules on ELL case (access required)

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.pdf

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