English-Speaking Students in Phoenix School District Getting Screwed by Law, Funding Cuts

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In some Phoenix school districts, Cronkite News Service reports, kids who speak perfect English are placed in crowded classrooms.

Your south Phoenix kindergartener speaks perfect English?


That's her classroom over there -- the one with the tired-looking teacher and so many kids that you can't see the carpet.


According to an article by the Cronkite News Service's Jolie McCullough, published today in the East Valley Tribune, English speakers are being screwed out of a decent experience because of class sizes of up to 35 students. An optimally sized class contains 25 students per teacher.


Spanish speakers enjoy a more reasonable teacher-student ratio because of state law and the quirks of budget cuts, McCullough reports.

The state's crackdown on immigration has taken a toll on schools in the Alhambra, Balsz and Cartwright elementary districts, each of which have a 70-percent Hispanic enrollment, the article says. As enrollment at the districts' schools falls, so does the state funding for teachers and classroom space.

However, the law restricts English Language Learners to classes with no more than 23 to 28 students, depending on the students' proficiency. English-speaking students get crammed in like sardines because they don't have the same legal protection.

We've seen kindergarten classes with 20 kids that looked tough to handle -- 35 sounds ridiculous. That can't be a very good experience for either the teacher or the students.



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Martimar4
Martimar4

Spanish is the second language due to the Treaty of Guadalupe that includes the Southwestern states, they shouldn't have agreed to it if they didn't want to uphold it- and even still they are trying to pass legislation to abolish it. These states are primarily populated by Mexican-American people because they were here first and they're not leaving anytime soon so get used to it.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Seems to me that if you can't speak the language of the country you live in then you need to take private instruction until you are proficient enough to interact with the students who can speak that language. You'll notice I did not mention what language it is nor did I mention anything about race. Our glorious leaders think that just the opposite approach is most beneficial because that would mean that no one who goes to a public school will be educated about anything. Kindergarten (why do we still use a German word for that?) is supposed to be about acclimating kids to school life. They might as well just cancel it instead of us paying for its real purpose which is babysitting. This story is a joke and its purpose is to get us all riled up about all those foreigners who eat up our tax dollars. It's the politicians who eat up our tax dollars. Didn't the mayor just get back from his tax payer paid trip to Bahrain and pay his girlfriend $8,000 to do whatever she does?

Anon
Anon

Arizona's number employer - government officials. The millions upon million of legal fees that the MCAO and MCSO have cost the taxpayers, along with them overcrowding the courts, jails and prisons has taken on huge toll on the taxpayers. They are using the illegal immigration issue to cover-up their own decades of failure that the one-party state has created, as well as, covering up their corruption and self-serving interests. This taxpayer and citizen has had enough!

Anon
Anon

Arizona's #1 employer - the government. The millions upon million of legal fees that the MCAO and MCSO have cost the taxpayers, along with their over-zealous prosecutions have overcrowded the courts, jails and prisons, which has taken a huge toll on the taxpayers and will for years to come -- long after they are gone and on their "obscene" pensions. These officials are using the illegal immigration issue to cover-up their own decades of failure that the one-party state has created, as well as, covering up their corruption and self-serving interests. This taxpayer and citizen has had enough! Waiting to get out of this state that is self-destructing itself and it's future.

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