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August 18, 2015

Eight States Add Citizenship Test as Graduation Requirement

Advocates have plans to push more state legislatures to pass laws requiring high schoolers to pass a citizenship test in order to graduate in coming years.

August 17, 2015

Civics Tests as a Graduation Requirement: Coming Soon to a State Near You?

Eight states have passed laws requiring students to pass some version of a civics test so far in 2015.

July 08, 2015

Appeals Court Revives Challenge to Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban

The federal 9th Circuit appeals court revives a challenge to a state law that prohibits a so-called ethnic studies curriculum.

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.

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