Arizona teachers have had to separate English Language Learners into four-hour immersion classes away from their peers for more than a decade.

A law passed this year reduces the time students must spend in English-language development to about two hours a day.

“The hope is that we really are transitioning away from four hours of isolation and into a more inclusive setting,” said Kate Wrigh, deputy associate superintendent, at Monday’s State Board of Education meeting. See her presentation on the new law here.

Now Arizona education leaders must figure out how to help schools revamp English instruction.

Monday the State Board of Education voted to give schools a choice in how they’ll teach English in the 2019-2020 school year.

They can keep the immersion model they have now or adopt

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