This is a big deal.
For the last three years, we’ve been fighting to make sure that English Language Learners (ELL) are getting the best education possible —and we are closer than we’ve ever been with HB 2435 passing unanimously this week. Next stop – House Rules!
It matters because too many of our 80,000 ELL students are falling behind in school.
To add insult to injury: according to the state’s report card, ELL students scored below all other sub-groups on the statewide assessment, at every grade level and subject area, including students with special needs.
That’s why HB 2435 is so important, and one of the first hurdles was getting it out of the House Education Committee.
We are also excited that our Government Affairs Director, Stacy Morley, was able to testify and clear up any questions on HB 2435 during the committee hearing on Monday. She did an excellent job explaining why Arizona needs to modernize its ELL legislation. You can watch a full recording from the committee meeting here.