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Plyler v. Doe: Educational Rights of the Undocumented Student

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 Arizona Debate continues...



August 15, 2008 Sunnyside and Tucson unified school districts will only partially comply with a state mandate to segregate students not proficient in English into four hours a day of English immersion this school year. State and district officials have settled rather than taking the issue to court.  Read more in AABE News 2008, August 15...  On April, 15, 2008 the ongoing legal fight that began in 1992 finally provided an additional $40.6 million in new state funds for English learners in Arizona. Governor Napolitano allowed the bill to pass without her signature urging lawmakers to revise portions of the state law related to requiring schools to limit English-intensive instruction to two years, the portion of the law that has administrators throughout the state concerned with curriculum access for ELLs.  The Governor also wants to remove the provision that allows the state to count federal dollars toward ELL instructional costs. See AABE NEWS 2008 for more on the ongoing debate In an important document (See Appeals court upholds judge's order on ELL deadline for Arizona, Feb. 23, 2008, AABE News 2008) a federal appeals panel ruled English-language instruction law is flawed. that it "may well retard or reverse whatever progress has been" made in the instruction of more than 134,000 Arizona children who are struggling to learn English. "If anything, after 2000, when Arizona moved away from bilingual education and required most courses to be taught in English, regardless of students' language abilities, these challenges have become greater: A 10th-grader, for example, who speaks no English but must pass a biology course taught entirely in English will require considerable assistance," Berzon noted.  Read more in AABE News 2008.

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Don't forget to thank Tim Hogan (thogan@aclpi.org) as he continues his tireless advocacy for English language learners.  Also, remember to continue to support advocates in public service who side with justice for children!

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