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Wed Jun 02 2010
FYI: Arizona Department of Education Accent Policy
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Arizona Department of Education Accent Policy
Message 1: Arizona Department of Education Accent Policy
From: Mike Hammond <hammondu.arizona.edu>
Subject: Arizona Department of Education Accent Policy
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The faculty of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona
formulated the following statement:
This was sent to the governor and superintendent of public instruction
under the following letter.
Dear Governor Brewer and Superintendent Horne:
I am attaching a statement prepared by our faculty in response to the news
that ''the Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school
districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily
accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still
As scientists, as educators, as citizens, and as state employees, we feel
it is our duty to provide the scientific facts that are relevant so that
state leaders and citizens can make informed decisions.
If there's anything we can do to help or clarify this, please let me know.
U. of Arizona
Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
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