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Court Asked to Fine Arizona in ELL Case

By Mary Ann Zehr — July 17, 2007 1 min read

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a long-running federal court case involving the education of English-language learners in Arizona has asked the court to fine the state for missing a deadline.

U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins, of Tucson, ordered the legislature in March to find a way to pay for an adequate education for the state’s English-learners by the end of its session. The legislature adjourned June 21 without resolving the issue.

Last year, the court imposed $21 million in fines on Arizona because the legislature missed deadlines in the case Flores v. Arizona, but an appellate court lifted the fines.

See other stories on education issues in Arizona. See data on Arizona’s public school system.

Read edweek.org’s Learning the Language blog for further news and insight on the topic of English-language learners.

A version of this article appeared in the July 18, 2007 edition of Education Week