Ariz. Schools demand $300M to teach students English

More than 100 superintendents from across the state, including many from East Valley school districts, converged on the lawn of the state Capitol on Wednesday to push for an additional $300 million to educate English-language learners.

The administrators are concerned about the cost to implement the requirements of a law passed by the Legislature in 2006. The law was designed to put Arizona in compliance with a court case filed in 1992, Flores v. Arizona, which found Arizona schools were not providing adequate English instruction. The law will require districts to identify, through a test, children who do not speak English, pull them out of their regular classes and teach them English for four hours each day until they can test out of the program.

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