Judicial idiocy watch--Texas

Houston Chronicle:

A federal judge's ruling that Texas is not living up to its obligation to properly educate students who struggle with the English language gives hope to many of those children with dismal academic achievement, a civil rights lawyer said Monday.

The state of Texas is not complying with the federal Equal Education Opportunity Act, in that public schools are failing their obligation to overcome language barriers, Senior U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice said in a 95-page ruling on Friday.

"The failure of secondary (limited English proficient) students under every metric clearly and convincingly demonstrates student failure, and accordingly, the failure of the (English as a Second Language) secondary program in Texas," Justice wrote in the opinion, which reversed his 2007 ruling in the case.

Justice's ruling disappointed Texas Education Agency officials. "We're continuing to study this latest ruling, but it is likely that we will ask the attorney general to appeal it," agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said.

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Judge Justice's ruling is an injustice to students who need to be in an English immersion program and not waster their time in a bilingual education program which will hold them back and make them less educated. His ruling is idiocy on stilts.

There is ample evidence that the best way for the students to become proficient in English is in an English immersion program. There really is no viable argument for the bilingual programs. They have been demonstrated failures. When California was required to switch to English immersion the improvements were dramatic and immediate.

Judge William Wayne Justice is an old liberal hack whose specialty is in spending Texas taxpayers money for his liberal schemes. He should retire. He is a case history of how liberals use the judiciary to get things they know they can't get through the political process. He is an example of why we need to keep liberal judges off the bench.

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