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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 03:28 AM
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Arizona Dept. of Ed instructs districts to get rid of teachers whose speech isn't "English" enough
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703572504... .

State Pushes School Districts to Reassign Instructors With Heavy Accents or Other Shortcomings in Their English

PHOENIXAs the academic year winds down, Creighton School Principal Rosemary Agneessens faces a wrenching decision: what to do with veteran teachers whom the state education department says don't speak English well enough.

The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English... But some school principals and administrators say the department is imposing arbitrary fluency standards that could undermine students by thinning the ranks of experienced educators.

In the 1990s, Arizona hired hundreds of teachers whose first language was Spanish as part of a broad bilingual-education program. Many were recruited from Latin America. Then in 2000, voters passed a ballot measure stipulating that instruction be offered only in English. Bilingual teachers who had been instructing in Spanish switched to English...

The education department has dispatched evaluators to audit teachers across the state on things such as comprehensible pronunciation, correct grammar and good writing...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703572504... .



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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 03:36 AM
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1. Remind me again why I should ever consider a trip to Arizona
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 04:30 AM
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5. Uh, . . .Nope. Can't think of a single one.
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Chemisse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 03:56 AM
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2. Unbelievable
Those poor teachers. I wonder if they can challenge this in court.
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Egnever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 03:59 AM
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3. Wow its like the floodgates opened
next it will be buss drivers.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 04:07 AM
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4. Gee, why don't they just start using racist words to describe their
racist agenda?

It's obvious to a lot of us what they are doing.

Hiding being polite words just won't cut it.

Fucking tools.

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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 05:04 AM
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6. Perhaps Arizona can import teachers from England.... That way the English
will sound proper.
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 06:55 AM
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7. Arizona is becoming America's epicenter of intolerance. nt
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