English language

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – retention? Third-graders face new reading standards
Jul 24, 2013

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – retention? Third-graders face new reading standards

Arizona children entering third grade this year are the first who will have to prove that they can read at an acceptable level or face being held back.

Aug 17, 2012

Arizona law on officials’ English proficiency upheld

An Arizona Supreme Court decision upholds a state law requiring public officials to be able to comprehend and use the English language.

Feb 14, 2012

San Luis candidate raises questions about Arizona English language law

The case of a woman barred from running for city council in an Arizona border town because she isn't fluent in English has raised questions about the 120-year-old law used to kick her off the ballot.

Aug 29, 2011

Education department settles with feds over English-immersion teachers

Arizona will no longer remove teachers from English-immersion classrooms if they use bad grammar or have heavy accents.

May 20, 2011

Free redistricting tool uses incredible power of ‘crowdsourcing’

In regards to the article, “Commissioners eye free mapping software, say it could be used differently than creators intended” Arizona Capitol Times, May 8, we offer the following to address concerns noted by some of the members of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

Apr 1, 2011

Survey change likely means more ELL students for school districts

School districts are likely to see increases in English-language learners and the costs associated with the program after the federal government demanded that Arizona change a survey it uses to screen students, school officials and observers say.

Mar 22, 2011

Senate approves measure restricting Spanish-language voting information

The Senate approved legislation on Monday mandating that government documents, including all voting materials except the actual ballot, be published in English.

Feb 23, 2011

Arizona’s English immersion program could be unlawful

At a time when one-in-eight students in Arizona qualify for English language services, the state has made controversial and — according to the federal government – possibly unlawful changes to its language education program.

Feb 21, 2011

Immigration crackdown adds challenge for south Phoenix schools

School enrollment numbers have been dropping consistently since 2007 in many Phoenix districts with large Hispanic populations. Superintendents partially blame the economy for this decrease, but they say Arizona’s employer sanctions law in 2007 and SB 1070 in 2010 cracking down on illegal immigrants are also key factors.

Sep 10, 2010

Feds say AZ violates rights of English learners

Federal investigators say the state is violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act by shortchanging thousands of students whose first language is not English.

Jun 16, 2010

The sales tax is defensible, but is the syntax?

Following last night's televised debate of Republican candidates for governor, most observers who spoke with YS said they thought Brewer emerged relatively unscathed, despite seeming to struggle at times with the English language. Most memorable: Brewer said "we have did" at least three times, criticized "organized organizations" for spreading misinformation about S1070 and spoke about "unlegal" r[...]