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Center Wraps Up Flores Trial

On January 11, Center staff attorney Tim Hogan finished presenting evidence in this nearly 20-year old case. Questioning witnesses in front of Judge Rainer Collins in Tucson's federal courthouse, Mr. Hogan showed that when English Language Learner students are segregated for two-thirds of every school day for more than one year, they are being denied equal access to education. The state has not shown that it can teach English to students within a year, yet it continues to ghettoize students in English language classes for four hours every day. These students are missing out on all other aspects of the curriculum, including basics such as math, science and social studies.

The Judge has ordered the parties to submit concluding briefs, findings of fact, and conclusions of law by March 10. The Center expects a ruling in late Spring.

Education

Center Exceeds Year-End Fund Goal

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Center exceeded 2010's year-end fund goal of $50,000 by a whopping $13,639! We cannot adequately express our gratitude to the 241 donors who raised a total of $63,639, all of which ensures the Center's continued ability to protect Arizona for Arizonans. 

Center's Work Supports Opening of World's Largest Solar Power Plant in AZ

12/22: Thanks, in part, to the Center's untiring defense and pursuit of renewable energy in our state, construction to build the world's largest concentrating solar power plant in Gila Bend, Arizona, will begin in 2011. The company building the plant, Abengoa Solar, has a 30-year agreement to sell solar power to APS beginning in 2013. The project will create 1,700 construction jobs and over 250 permanent ones, something Arizona badly needs. The Center represented the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter in supporting Abengoa Solar's application before the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Center is also fighting a heated legal battle to allow Arizona to continue requiring energy companies like APS to obtain 15% of their power from renewable sources. Plants like this wouldn't exist without the requirement.     

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