English Language Proficiency Requirements
Arizona charter law states charter schools cannot exclude students on the basis of “proficiency in the English language” (A.R.S. § 15-184(F)). Therefore, they may not create barriers to enrollment for students who are learning English or whose families speak another language at home. Charter schools must also provide students who lack English proficiency access to an English language-learning program.
- Schools should provide enrollment documents in English and Spanish and other languages as appropriate to the surrounding population.
- All charter schools should adopt the PHLOTE form.
- The Arizona Department of Education should revise the PHLOTE form to make explicit the information it collects will not be used to decide whether a student can enroll at a school.
- Schools should make clear that they have ELL programs.