Judge denies Ariz. lawmakers stay on English instruction ruling
PHOENIX - A federal judge on Monday refused to issue a stay requested by Republican lawmakers as they appeal a ruling requiring them to provide adequate funding for English language programs in the state.
U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins had given the Republican-led Legislature until the end of the legislative session to improve funding for programs for students learning English. But the session ended last week without any action on the issue.
That could set the stage for fines or other sanctions against the state unless an appellate court puts the judge's order on hold. A lawyer for the legislative leaders has said they would ask the appellate court to issue a stay if Collins refused.
Collins issued Monday's decision without explanation.