Anti-desegregation bills threaten bilingual education. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 15, 2017

By Corina Vanek • Arizona Daily Sun

A fourth-grade girl stands before her class of about 18 students, reading an essay she wrote, completely in Navajo.

The student, who is enrolled in a Navajo immersion class at Puente de Hozho Elementary School, has spent the last few years studying the language at the trilingual magnet school, which is a beneficiary of a portion of the $2.2 million the district collects in a tax levy for desegregation funding.

The Flagstaff Unified School district is one of 18 districts to use the tax levy, which does not require voter approval. However, a bill in the Arizona Senate would change that if passed.

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