House plans action on funding for ELL programs
Associate Press
April 9, 2008


With a deadline and costly fines looming, it's decision time for Arizona legislators on a major school funding issue.

The House is scheduled to act Wednesday afternoon on whether to provide $40 million in additional funding to help teach 138,000 students learning English.

Lawmakers face a court deadline to increase funding by next Tuesday or see the start of daily fines starting at $1 million.

House approval of the funding boost would send the measure to the Senate for a vote likely Thursday.

The money would implement a 2006 state law revamping English Language Learning programs. Supporters say the funding should satisfy court orders and avoid the threatened fines. Critics say the law imposes burdensome mandates and cost more than $40 million