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New law changes how English language learners are taught. But what comes next?

Arizona has had a difficult history with providing adequate education for English learners, including a lawsuit against the state in 1992, a ballot measure in 2000, and what experts call a failed four-hour 'block' requirement.... Read more»

Refugee students gain freedom, then learn English in Arizona

Thousands of new refugee children each year are putting a strain on Arizona's public schools, where the struggles of teaching and learning are weighted with hundreds of students who need to learn English — not only to succeed at school, but navigate a new country.... Read more»

Appeals court OKs Az’s English-immersion program for students

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a lower court ruling that said Arizona’s system for educating English-language learners does not violate the federal Equal Educational Opportunities Act.... Read more»

State school board to wade into English-immersion program fight

Vince Yanez understands what the Arizona Board of Education could be getting in to this year when it begins a “systematic review” of the state’s English Language Learner program, Structured English Immersion, a state-mandated program that puts non-English-speaking students into English class for four hours a day.... Read more»

English-language learning

Survey change likely means more ELL students

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.... Read more»

Immigration crackdown adds challenge for Phoenix schools

Leslie Barnhizer teaches the only kindergarten class for English-speaking students at Balsz Elementary School in southeast Phoenix; the other three are English Language Learning classes.... Read more»

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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.... Read more»

Onion: Arizona high schools to now teach Spanish entirely in English

From the satirical website the Onion comes a photo commentary on Arizona's move to ban teachers with accents from teaching English to students who aren't yet fluent in the language.... Read more»