Action Alert: Close Arizona’s Achievement Gap
We have an opportunity to help close the achievement gap in Arizona by supporting English language learners. The first step is to encourage your State Senator to VOTE YES ON HCR 2026.
House Concurrent Resolution 2026 (HCR 2026) would repeal Prop 203, which was passed in 2000 and requires 1) all Arizona students to be taught in English and 2) all English language learners (ELLs) to be taught using Structured English Immersion. Instead, public schools would be required to ensure ELLs receive high quality education and master the English language.
This issue may sound familiar. Earlier this year, we supported SB 1014 and HB 2184 – identical bills signed into law in February – that granted some relief to the “4 hour block” of Structured English Immersion.
HCR 2026 takes things a step further by proposing to repeal Prop 203 completely. If approved by the Senate, HCR 2026 will appear on the 2020 ballot. Polling shows a majority of voters support the repeal of Prop 203, so we need your help to get it to the ballot.
HCR 2026 is a significant policy shift that will allow schools and teachers ultimate flexibility to design programs and services that best meet the needs of individual students. This referral is important because Arizona has one of the nation’s lowest graduation rates for students who are English language learners, in part due to the inability to learn other content outside of the instruction dedicated only to English. This policy change can help close the achievement gap that leaves so many students behind.