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June 16, 2015

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Arizona in Decades-Old ELL Case

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state on Monday in Flores v. Arizona, a 23-year-old lawsuit challenging Arizona's requirement that ELLs spend more than half their school day learning English.

June 15, 2015

Arizona's ELL Program Draws Federal Scrutiny Once Again

State education leaders have often been at loggerheads with federal officials over the rights of the state's English-language learners.

March 04, 2015

Tucson's Ethnic Studies Courses Don't Violate Ban, Arizona Chief Rules

The district risked losing up to $15 million in state funding over courses that former Arizona public schools Superintendent John Huppenthal said violated a 2010 state ban on ethnic studies. His successor, Diane Douglas, has overruled him, leaving the funding intact.

February 12, 2015

Obama Administration's Native Youth Listening Tour Launches in Ariz.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell acknowledges that "we're at a time in our nation's history where we have awakened to the fact that we are not doing an effective job serving Native youth."

February 12, 2015

Conflict Looms After Top Officials for Arizona School Board Fired by State Chief

The move could increase tensions between Superintendent Diane Douglas, a foe of the common core, and the state school board, which continues to support it.

February 06, 2015

Dual-Language-Learner Group Aims to Bridge Research, Classroom Practice

In its first report, the group's founder argues that "DLLs have long been ignored in education policy debates."

January 16, 2015

Arizona First to Require Citizenship Test for Graduation

Yesterday the Arizona legislature passed a bill that will require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics test in order to graduate from high school.

January 15, 2015

Hispanic Preschool Participation Varies by State

Nationwide, Hispanic children have low preschool participation rates but a new Quality Counts 2015 follow-up analysis finds that enrollment varies considerably by state.

January 06, 2015

Arizona District Fights to Keep Ethnic Studies Classes

Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal deemed several courses illegal during his final hours in office, leaving one of the state's largest school districts facing a possible funding loss of $14 million annually.

December 09, 2014

Arizona Program Boosting College Degrees Among Early-Childhood Educators

Thanks to a scholarship program funded by the state's First Things First tobacco tax, twice as many early education teachers in Pima County, Ariz., hold college degrees now than did five years ago,

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