In 2000, Arizona voters enacted Proposition 203, which limited the use of children's native language in public schools and instead, mandated an accelerated one-year English immersion model for children with limited English proficiency. This study examines the results of a 20-question survey and follow-up interviews with 117 Arizona K-12 teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) to determine their views on the effects of the English-only model on teaching and learning. The results revealed that restrictive language policies have upset the balance of classroom ecology, resulting in teacher frustration and concern. Teachers' recommendations to improve ELL education are also discussed.
State and Local Policy
Program Evaluation and Effectiveness