- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona school districts have been given permission to cut the time some English-language learners spend in a mandatory immersion program.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://goo.gl/4HEO3S ) the Arizona State Board of Education recently approved the change. Officials say it will give students who have reached a certain level of proficiency a more well-rounded education.

Middle school and high school students typically had to forego elective classes to satisfy state law, which requires four hours of instruction in reading, writing, speaking and grammar each day.

Now, students with intermediate proficiency in high school or middle school who are in at least their second year of instruction may have up to two hours cut from their block time.

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