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Hearing opens in legal battle over Arizona English-language learners programs

from Education Week

On the first day of a hearing in a closely watched federal court case over Arizona's programs for English-language learners, a single witness for the state department of education spent the entire day on the stand testifying on the success of the state's approach to teaching students who need to learn English. Meanwhile, news surfaced that federal civil rights officials took a slightly dimmer view of aspects of the Arizona's English-language learners programs. In letters sent to the state school superintendent, the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights said it had determined that two of the practices the state uses to identify which students require services, or for how long, violate federal law. more

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