- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys who challenged the adequacy of Arizona’s program for teaching English to school children have asked an appeals court for another hearing after the court all but ended the legal fight that stretched over two decades.

The lawyers say the June 15 ruling conflicted with a federal education law that prohibits discrimination and segregation.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the state’s favor of Arizona.

Arizona believes its program to educate students who don’t speak English fluently meets all the necessary requirements, but opponents say it’s a deeply flawed policy.

They believe the state’s required four hours of daily instruction for non-English speakers illegally segregates students and holds them back.

The judges upheld a decision by a lower court that was in favor of the state.

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