English-learning case won by
Feb. 10, 2005
A federal judge has accepted
Arizona's efforts to improve training of teachers who instruct students learning
English, rejecting a claim that the state didn't deliver on promised
U.S. District Judge Raner Collins ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove that
new rules on teacher qualifications adopted by the state fell short of a
commitment made in a November 2000 agreement in a lawsuit on English-learning
Instead, Collins said in a ruling signed Tuesday and released by the state
Wednesday, the Department of Education consulted school districts and other
interested parties and "put forth a good-faith effort."
Parents of English-learning students who are plaintiffs in a class-action
lawsuit had asked Collins to rule that Arizona was in contempt of court for
reportedly failing to abide by its 2000 promises.
In another issue in the same case, Collins two weeks ago granted a request by
the parents to order the Legislature to act by the end of the current regular
session to increase state funding for instruction of students learning English.