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Teachers Reassigned!

Posted by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:20 AM
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Updated May 22, 2010

Arizona Seeks to Reassign Heavily Accented Teachers

By Casey Stegall

 - FOXNews.com 

After passing the nation's toughest immigration law, Arizona's school officials are now cracking down on teachers with heavy accents.

After passing the nation's toughest state immigration enforcement law, Arizona's school officials are now cracking down on teachers with heavy accents.

The Arizona Department of Education is sending evaluators to audit teachers and their English speaking skills to make sure districts are complying with state and federal laws.

Teachers who are not fluent in English, have a heavy accent or do not speak grammatically correct will be temporarily reassigned.

"As you expect science teachers to know science, math teachers to know math, you expect a teacher who is teaching the kids English to know English," said Tom Home, state superintendent of public instruction.

In 2000, voters passed a referendum which stipulated that instruction of these classes be offered only in English. Then in 2003, President Bush's No Child Left Behind act stated schools couldn't receive federal funding unless an English teacher was totally fluent in the language.

For the most part, the state is in compliance, but not all teachers are up to standards. Of the 236 total districts in the state, nine were cited for not being in compliance with fluency regulation this year.

Critics say with deep cuts to education thanks to the failing economy, the state should focus elsewhere. The Arizona Education Association, a union representing some 34,000 teachers, refused speak to Fox News.

Of the 1.2 million students in Arizona public schools, roughly 150,000 are learning English as a second language.

"It's my jobs to make sure they're taught English in the most rigorous, possible way so they can learn English quickly, can compete with their peers, and succeed academically," Home told Fox News.

The state says this move has nothing to do with the new law that requires police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the United States illegally.

In Creighton School District, 35 percent of students are "second language learners," said Superintendent Charlotte Boyle.

"In Creighton's school district, we do have several teachers who do not pass the fluency test," she said.

"For the past several years, we have provided opportunities for those teachers to increase their fluency," she said. "We have enrolled them in community college classes. We also have classes within our district for those teachers."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/22/arizona-seeks-reassign-heavily-accented-teachers/

 




                        


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Kaelansmom
by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:26 AM

 This right here is bull... so, if the person is here legally, knows english... but has an accent, they are screwed anyway? Another reason to avoid Arizona... they would try to send my butt out of the country.. I have an accent.. at least, I would to them

lilywitch
by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:33 AM

If you're a teacher in America, yes you should speak fluent English. Duh. I cannot imagine shipping off teachers that are so desperately needed due to ACCENTS! Are you freaking kidding me?? So, would my husband be allowed to teach since he has an accent? It's British, but it's an accent.

I have found certain "redneck" dialects to be much more unintelligible than Mexican.

stsh
by on May. 24, 2010 at 4:33 AM

I heard ya!!!

Quoting Kaelansmom:

 This right here is bull... so, if the person is here legally, knows English... but has an accent, they are screwed anyway? Another reason to avoid Arizona... they would try to send my butt out of the country.. I have an accent.. at least, I would to them


GOBryan
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:19 AM

I'm Hispanic but I don't have an accent and probably speak better English than most American's born in the U.S.

I do believe that a teacher should speak proper English, or "American" since we don't truly speak English in the first place; and should be clear to understand, especially if they are teaching English as a subject.

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CoeyG
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Makes me wonder what is going to happen with teachers from the Bronx or Brooklyn New York...I find this ridiculous, yes teachers should know decent grammar and use is, yes they should know English and use it but being reassigned because they have an accent?   Bullshit.

LokisMama
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM

This is stupid.  I  have known many people who have heavy accents but speak perfectly fluent english!

PamR
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:52 AM

If they can fire a teacher with a heavy Spanish accent, why not Italian, German, Australian, South, Midwest, Northeast. . . ridiculous. 

ForeverInLove
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I agree with this.

I don't know how many people (although, who hasn't) have called up the 800 # on the back of the package and you are directed to none other than India, or some other country that does not speak English as it's first.  It's annoying. i can't understand them worth a ---. They annoy me for this (the company I'm trying to speak to, or the pushy Indian guy who tells me my only option is to buy a new printer....over and over again....)

How about the doctor.... he and his two friends are the only 'pediatricians' in the area and their accents are so heavy you have to strain to understand them.... you said my son has what? huh? say it slower? can you have a nurse come in and translate please? yeah, I removed my son from them and got him in with a reg doctor. Nonetheless, the one also told me that yeast infections where normal for 9 month old babies..... NOT


The same setup applies to children in the US. How do we expect our children to learn and speak proper English, whether they've lived here their whole life, or are here legally and need help learning it. You can't have someone who has difficulty speaking the language with enunciation and diction, teach the language so the children learn to enunciate and use proper diction. A mild accent isn't bad. But, when heavy accents start playing in, especially when the country of heritage uses sounds that we don't or we use sounds they don't, they are unable to pronounce what needs to be said, to teach it properly.


I have nothing against these teachers, but they shouldn't complain. They ARE being given further education to help with the pronunciation. They are not being kicked out on the street.

Quoting GOBryan:

I'm Hispanic but I don't have an accent and probably speak better English than most American's born in the U.S.

I do believe that a teacher should speak proper English, or "American" since we don't truly speak English in the first place; and should be clear to understand, especially if they are teaching English as a subject.












LyTe684
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Really? Accents now? I think it's BS.

PamR
by on May. 24, 2010 at 8:57 AM

When I taught preschool, my co-teacher was from Argentina.  She had a much heavier accent that someone from Mexico, however, her English, including reading and writing, was perfect.  The children didn't have a problem understanding her, plus she brought the advantage of being able to begin teaching them another language.  Remember - the U.S. is a nation of immigrants.  We all came here from somewhere else and our ancestors had accents, I'm sure.  People in AZ are just looking for excuses to discriminate.

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