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As you may know, the Arizona Department of Education is now requiring another dreadful bigoted anti-immigrant action: to prohibit teachers who don't speak perfect English from teaching in the state. Well that would exclude George W. Bush, our past President, to be sure. This is not written by BuzzFlash, but we got it anonymously in an e-mail and couldn't resist posting it. So to whomever wrote it, well done indeed!
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Arizona Grades Teachers on Fluency
Posted by Amerigo Vespucci on Fri Apr-30-10 03:49 PM
Source: The Wall Street Journal
PHOENIX—As 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.
State education officials say the move is intended to ensure that students with limited English have teachers who speak the language flawlessly. 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.
The teacher controversy comes amid an increasingly tense debate over immigration. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer this month signed the nation's toughest law to crack down on illegal immigrants. Critics charge that the broader political climate has emboldened state education officials to target immigrant teachers at a time when a budget crisis has forced layoffs.
Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703572504575213883276427528.html