As [teacher Guadalupe] Aguayo has struggled, though, something else has changed. Arizona, after almost a decade of sending monitors to classrooms across the state to check on teachers’ articulation, recently made a sharp about-face on the issue. A federal investigation of possible civil rights violations prompted the state to call off its accent police.
“To my knowledge, we have not seen policies like this in other states,” Russlynn H. Ali, the assistant federal secretary of education for civil rights, said in an interview. She called it “good news” that Arizona had altered its policy.
If you wonder if her accent is that bad, just check out the audio accompanying the article. She speaks grammatically correct English with the “ch” issues and accent on the wrong syllable that you’ll hear from Spanish speakers who have learned English as a second language. Her students are mostly Latino, so they probably hear exactly the same kind of accent at home.
I assume teachers in rural Kentucky or Arkansas were monitored to make sure they spoke English like network news anchors, and we’re just not hearing about it because of liberal bias in the media.