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A Columnist Pokes Fun at Arizona Teachers’ Accent Issue

By Mary Ann Zehr — June 03, 2010 1 min read

I’m really trying to think up a topic for a blog post that doesn’t have to do with education or immigration policies in Arizona, but in the meantime, I’ll share with you a piece by a columnist for the Imperial Valley Press in El Centro, Calif., that pokes fun at Arizona education officials.

Tom Horne, the superintendent of public instruction in that state, has expressed an interest in making sure that English-language learners in his state don’t have any teachers who speak “faulty English.”

Columnist Bret Kofford mentions a number of famous people, such as Sarah Palin and Frank McCourt, who in his view don’t speak English in the standard American way who could plausibly be considered unfit for a classroom of English-learners.

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