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Arizona Lawmakers Appeal ELL Case to U.S. Supreme Court

By Mary Ann Zehr — September 16, 2008 1 min read

Arizona lawmakers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower federal court decisions in the Flores v. Arizona case concerning the education of Arizona’s English-language learners.

Eight years ago, a U.S. district court ruled that the state didn’t adequately fund programs for such students. And the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an additional ruling by the district court that a law passed by the state legislature in 2006 didn’t solve the problem.

In a petition dated Sept. 1, the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and the president of the Arizona Senate ask the high court to consider the state’s arguments that it is meeting its legal obligation to educate English-language learners.

A version of this article appeared in the September 17, 2008 edition of Education Week

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