After nearly a decade of reporting about Flores v. Arizona, a long-running federal court case concerning funding for ELL programs in Arizona, I finally interviewed the Flores women who are plaintiffs in the case. I talked with Miriam Flores, the parent, a few weeks ago in Nogales, Ariz. I later interviewed her daughter, who has the same name and lives in Tucson, by telephone. They contend that programs for ELLs were deficient and underfunded during the years that the younger Miriam Flores attended schools in Nogales—and still are. The young Miriam is now 22 and a student at the University of Arizona.
To learn more about the Flores women, and the positions that state officials have taken in the case, soon to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, see “Roots of Federal Case Run Deep,” published today at www.edweek.org.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.