A federal judge's ruling in favor of Arizona's programs for students learning English is being appealed, a development that keeps the 21-year-old court case alive.
U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins ruled March 29 that the state has improved teaching of English-learning students and no longer violates a federal law requiring states to overcome language barriers in schools.
The case was originally filed in federal court in Tucson on behalf of Nogales children and parents.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs on Tuesday filed a notice that they're appealing Collins' ruling to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of appeals.
Collins and a now-retired judge previously ordered increased spending for students learning English. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that the state was entitled to a fresh review.
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