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Arizona’s Parole Merry-go-Round

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In practice this requires that states “Fundamentally change the purpose of supervision from punishing failure to promoting success. The goal should be to help people repair the harm they have caused and become self-sufficient, law-abiding citizens, rather than simply enforcing rules set by courts and parole boards, catching violators and imposing penalties, including incarceration.”

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Student success is about teachers, not the state’s English policy

A sign that reads “We are all English Language Learners” hangs on the wall in a classroom at Rhodes Junior High School. (Kelsey Mo/Cronkite News)

Our policy leaders should regulate school programs with the same ‘light hand’ that they believe in regulating everything else, including themselves. Simply put, Arizona’s citizens know that our teachers need to be supported and basic principles of fairness should apply to all of us. Children should not be forced to learn English through structured state-mandated English policy.

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