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Horne's stricter limits on bilingual classes ruled lawful.

Arizona Republic. Jul. 23, 2003


Arizona's education chief was within his power when he laid out guidelines on bilingual education, state Attorney General Terry Goddard has ruled. The ruling allows state schools Superintendent Tom Horne to move forward with his plan to shut down many bilingual education programs.

Horne was blasted earlier this year by Hispanic parents and two lawmakers who said he was out of line. The release of his guidelines in February reignited emotions from the 2000 campaign that pitted Latino against Latino and teacher against teacher on the best ways to teach English-language learners. In 2000, voters approved Proposition 203, which requires Arizona teachers to use English when teaching children who have limited proficiency in English.

Some children were allowed to stay in bilingual classes, but Horne has made it tougher for children to opt out of English immersion.

- Monica Mendoza