Arizona isn’t the only state trying to get teachers with heavy accents and poor English fluency out of the classroom.
A Cambodian-born teacher in Lowell, Massachusetts who failed state-mandated English fluency tests may get her job back because she was on a medical leave for post-traumatic stress when she took the tests.
A survivor of the Khmer Rouge camps, Phanna Kem Robishaw, a first-grade teacher, was hired in 20002 to help Cambodian immigrant students. In 2002, Massachusetts voters passed a law requiring students to be taught in English by teachers fluent in English. The court did not rule on the English-fluency requirement.
Via Education Week.