Arizona Cracking Down on Teachers with Accents (VIDEO)
Fresh off their controversial immigration bill, Arizona is stirring the pot again, this time over the issue of teachers with accents teaching students English. Some teachers say it doesn't matter if words are pronounced differently.
“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 learning English,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
On CNN, State School Superintendent Tom Horne denies the crackdown is based on teachers’ accents. “We are not going after any accents including Spanish accents. It has to be faulty English. If students are being taught English and they’re going to refer to a comma as a ‘coma’ people are going to misunderstand them,” said Horne.