Bolding concerned that appellate court decision will increase state’s education achievement gap
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against the state regarding English “immersion” courses.
“I fear that this decision will ultimately expand the achievement gap in our state. We should ensure that all students have access to the same academic resources and content, and that segregation, in any manner, is not tolerated.
“Additionally, the Arizona Department of Education is negotiating with the U.S. Department of Education regarding the state’s use of four-hour English courses. While the appellate court did not recognize this as segregation, I disagree and I urge those involved in these negotiations not to further jeopardize the success of Arizona students. We should not be supporting actions that push our students further behind.”