Federal Judge Concludes Hearing on Arizona English Learning Programs

A lengthy federal court hearing on the adequacy and funding of Arizona public school programs for students learning English is over.

U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins took the case under advisement following a 10-day hearing that finished Friday. It's not known how soon Collins will rule.

The hearing concerns a 2006 state law that revamps English Language Learning programs. The law was enacted in response to earlier court orders in the 16-year-old class-action lawsuit.

A key component of the new law is its requirement to use new instruction models. Those models feature a mandate for four-hour instruction blocks in English learning.