Arizona teachers are being evaluated for English fluency

04/30/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Teachers with heavy accents or those who speak poorly will be prevented from teaching students in Arizona who are still learning English. State evaluators will grade teachers on their speaking abilities. Arizona has been in the spotlight recently for its stance on immigration, and critics of the education policy say it could thin the ranks of veteran teachers in the classroom. Supporters say the policy ensure students who are learning English have teachers who speak the language well.

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