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  Horne: Slash English-learner funding
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Last EditedThomas Walker  Feb 13, 2009 10:04am
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MediaNewspaper - Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
News DateFriday, February 13, 2009 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe state schools chief recommended Thursday slashing more than $30 million in funding to teach English to students who aren't fluent - a move that critics warned would only further cripple schools forced to shrink their budgets.

In his annual "State of Education" speech at the state house, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne said $8.8 million for language instruction is adequate for the upcoming budget year, adding that so far, he believes the state's new standards to help students become fluent in English are succeeding.

The new standards in effect this year require the students to spend four hours a day in English language instruction until they pass the state fluency exam, AZELLA. He said that under this new instruction model, several districts have doubled the rate of children reaching fluency.
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