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Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Governor lets ELL bill pass - minus her signature

The Associated Press

Published: 04.15.2008

PHOENIX - Gov. Janet Napolitano on Monday let a funding increase for Arizona's instruction of students who are learning English become law without her signature, saying the bill was flawed but she wanted the state to avoid incurring costly fines.

The Legislature approved the $40.6 million measure last week to pay for implementing a 2006 law that revamps English Language Learning programs.

The 2006 law was enacted because Arizona's ELL programs and their funding were ruled to be inadequate to satisfy federal mandates for equal opportunities in education.

Napolitano's action came one day before a deadline set March 11 by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins for approval of appropriate funding for ELL programs. Collins ordered daily fines starting at $2 million if lawmakers missed the deadline. The fines would rise to $5 million after 30 days.

The state is requiring schools to implement instructional models that include daily four-hour immersion periods for the 138,000 ELL students in Arizona.

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