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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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[...]