Arizona: Tucson-area district to defy state law on English immersion

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon May 26 13:41:02 UTC 2008

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Tucson-area district to defy state law on English immersion

A Tucson-area school district plans to defy a state law requiring all
students learning English to have four-hour daily language immersion
classes, saying federal civil rights rules take precedence. The
decision by the Sahuarita Unified School District to exclude its
middle and high school students drew an immediate response from
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, who said he
was ``shocked'' and disturbed the district planned to ignore the 2006
state law. ``Any administrator who participates in open defiance of a
state law would be subject to a complaint against his or her
certificate for unprofessional conduct,'' Horne warned Friday.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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