Court rules in favor of Arizona in English-language case

Court rules in favor of Arizona in English-language case

PHOENIX (AP) – A federal appeals court ruling has all but ended a two-decade legal fight over Arizona’s program for teaching English to children in schools.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Arizona on Monday in the English-as-a-second language case. Arizona believes its program to educate students who don’t speak English fluently meets all the necessary requirements, but opponents say it’s a deeply flawed policy.

They believe the state’s required four hours of daily instruction for non-English speakers illegally segregates students and holds them back.

The judges upheld a decision by a lower court that was in favor of the state. The court cited improvements in its English program and noted Arizona has a new slate of statewide leaders.

Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

 

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