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Arizona Senate rejects new plan for English language learners

from Verde Independent

Arizona Senators refused to consider the possibility that there may be a better alternative to the current system they have mandated for teaching English. On a voice vote, lawmakers rejected a proposal by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, to set up a pilot program giving five schools an exemption from existing laws that now require students classified as English language learners to get their training at special and separate four-hour-a-day immersion classes. That leaves the single method in place unless and until lawmakers &mdash or a court — decides otherwise. more

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