Arizona House Passes New ELL Bill

By Mary Ann Zehr — April 10, 2008 1 min read
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In another act of the drama in Arizona regarding how the state will adequately pay for the education of English-language learners, the Arizona House has approved a bill to increase spending for such students by $40 million next year. See “House OKs English-language instruction,” published today in the Arizona Republic. The Arizona Senate is expected to vote on the bill today.

The bill is legislators’ latest effort to respond to a federal court mandate in Flores v. Arizona to provide sufficient funds for ELLs in the state. See “Arizona Still Grappling With Order on Adequate Funding for ELLs” for my last update in Education Week about the court case.

Update: The bill was approved by the Arizona Senate as well. See “Senate OKs $40.6M for English learners,” and “Senate sends ELL funding boost to governor.”

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.