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Arizona Principal Goes into “Advocacy Mode”

By Mary Ann Zehr — March 14, 2008 1 min read
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Yvonne Watterson, a principal of an early-college high school in Phoenix, fought for her students who lacked residency and citizenship papers in the United States to continue to take college classes. The Arizona statute, Proposition 300, discontinued the opportunity for undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. And some of the high school students in Ms. Watterson’s school who were taking college courses fell into that category as well.

Read more in the story that Samuel G. Freedman, a professor of journalism at Columbia University, has written about Ms. Watterson that was published March 12 in the New York Times.

I’ve noticed that Mr. Freedman has featured immigrant students, including English-language learners, in his education column before. See “English Language Learners as Pawns in the School System’s Overhaul,” published May 9, 2007, and “It’s Latino Parents Speaking Out on Bilingual Education Failures,” published on July 14, 2004.

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