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Two top Obama administration officials head to Louisiana on Monday to assess the response to the oil spill as the administration sends mixed messages about BP's efforts.

Two top Obama administration officials head to Louisiana on Monday to assess the response to the oil spill as the administration sends mixed messages about BP's efforts.

Mixed messages as frustration mounts over Gulf oil spill

(CNN) – Two top Obama administration officials head to Louisiana on Monday to assess the response to the massive oil spill as the administration sends mixed messages about BP's effort to cap the gusher.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will accompany a group of Republican and Democratic senators on a flyover of the affected areas. They'll also meet with BP representatives and community leaders.

Salazar expressed frustration Sunday with the delay in stopping the spill into the Gulf of Mexico, saying BP has "from day one, frankly not fulfilled the mission it was supposed to fulfill." Read more

Arizona wants to reassign teachers with accents

It's been a month since Arizona passed its controversial immigration law that sparked protests from coast to coast. Now, state education officials want immigrant teachers with heavy accents removed from classes for students who are still learning English. They say they are following federal guidelines set up by the Bush administration in 2002, but critics are calling it an ethnic witch hunt. Our Thelma Gutierrez looks at the new great debate in this AM original report.

The Cost of College: Families placing premium on value

With college costs sky-rocketing and a recession raging, it's not just about getting into the best school these days. For many students and their cash-strapped parents, prestige is taking a back seat to price. Our Alina Cho reports for the first part of a week-long series, "The Cost of College."

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  1. Leslie

    Really? What about teachers from Texas with a southern accent? They sound different. I agree with one of the comments, regarding teaching Spanish or French, and a "Brit talk.
    I had no problem understanding the Brazillian teacher this morning.
    It is unfortuante, I think this is going to creat more discrimination.
    Who is "white" anymore? I am part Belgian and Cherokee Indian
    Half my family immigrated here, the other half born here!
    What is our country coming too......

    May 24, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Rand Paul thinks B.P. is doing great I think Kentucky needs to lay off the burbon .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  3. Pauly

    Patriot, if one was hired to teach English, one can safely assume they majored in English, not biology!!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  4. Chipper

    Why all the backlash against all the hispanic folks of the nation, when will it end? There was no problem when they came over by the MILLIONS.....and I did say MILLIONS. But know all of a sudden people are getting upset. Hopefully this should teach them all a lesson, NEVER EVER EVER vote against the elephant that feeds you. NEVER

    May 24, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    So far the only thing B.P. is killing is our ocean .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  6. Karen

    I can't believe what's happening in Arizona. The government officials are making the people of the state look like bigots. They are discriminating against anyone with an accent, just like the Nazi's trying to get rid of every Jew.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  7. Chipper

    I find it rather odd to question an educator on their accent. I moved from the mid west past the win dixie back in 94 and I had a terrible time understanding what my teachers were saying and I did bring it up several times but was punished and called a yankee for saying anything at all. I don't see how its a big deal know when you have southern teachers to this day who teach all the major subjects in school and you can hardly understand them...YEEE HAAAWWW

    May 24, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    New York and Bugs Bunny I think the accent is cool .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  9. Katie

    I'm wondering will this extend to teachers with regional accents such as southwestern Pennsylvania, the deep south, or New Jersey?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  10. Karl C. Johnson

    Now Arizona wants to segregate teachers with accents. It would appear that a good portion of the state have lost their minds! Instead of embracing diversity, they appear to favor eliminating it.

    Karl Johnson, Cleveland

    May 24, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  11. Patriot

    The need to Clarify once more..
    The media and wording of this news coming out of Arizona.
    With Americas deep concern as to not offend anyone ( total BS) The word accent was used as to not offend anyone.

    What a real American would have stated, without fear, ( sad to know there are Americans who live in fear)

    Those speaking broken English will no longer be teaching it..
    then all you nay Sayers would be silent πŸ˜€
    But on the flip side, someone would be offended and crying their eyes out.
    America is falling apart. Grow a spine sheeple and become a People once again

    May 24, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  12. Bill

    if they are going to get rid of teachers with accents who teach english are they going to target teachers with a strong southern accent? Or a teacher that has a Boston or New York accent? This is clearly another case of racism and personally I am sick of it!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The president himself said that people coming to this country needs to learn English and I agree .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  14. CLover

    Re: Cost of College

    I say, "Cheers!" to the young man who decided to go to the less expensive college. Yes the "top colleges" help a few people, but a lot of people end up with great degrees from great colleges and lots of debt and low paying jobs. In America we have to stop having champagne taste and beer pockets when it comes to college.

    ...and for the goodness sakes we have to stop the whole "you have to go into debt in order to get an education" thought process.

    – Signed A Dave Ramsey Fan

    May 24, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  15. Patriot

    Well everyone is going through tough times, and some are making career changes. Hello its simple English πŸ˜€

    I will not even attempt to answer to your remark about some having a major in English. I'm not one to assume, for in the report or release from the Arizona Super in question does not reveal what the qualifications are of those in question. I actually just looked online for those qualifications, opps my foolishness, ones educational background is private and protected information.

    So my question to you Pauly is:

    How do you make such assumptions without any evidence to support it?

    End here the lesson πŸ˜€

    May 24, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  16. Scott

    It's disheartening to hear all private colleges lumped together with the likes of Cornell and Boston College. In fact, most private college costs are nowhere near the levels charged by the Ivy League schools and "mini-Ivy" schools. Outside the northeast and, to a lesser extent, outside the east coast in general, private school tuition is surprisingly affordable, particularly after one takes into account institutional grants and other aid. I'd love to see CNN do a story about these more affordable private, quality institutions rather than focusing on the upper crust of the space and then lumping all private schools in the same group.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  17. MeLoN

    CNN had the "englis" teacher in Arizona from Brazil on this morning. I could barely understand her.

    And no "teacher" from the uk should ever be teaching "english" to American students.

    Have you ever heard a brit talk? Can barely understand THEM.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  18. TCNJ alum

    More national acclaim for America's best value in higher education: The College of New Jersey. Go Lions!

    May 24, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  19. Randall of Texas

    I didn't see a wedding band on Alina Cho's hand...still I couldn't afford her...lol...lol...hey I can dream can't I...lol...lol...like Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber when the red head told him there was a 1 in a 1.000.000 chance for a guy like him and a girl like her ever getting together ...oh boy he had a chance...lol...lol

    May 24, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  20. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    All you guys just press one for English .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  21. Agent Mulder

    "Know Your Enemy!"

    INDEED!

    ...Keep your friends close...

    ...Keep your enemies closer

    May 24, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  22. MeLoN

    What is the difference in the job market for a student that got a degree @ a second tier school as opposed to a better school? Are the degree considered the same? Do they end up with second tier jobs?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  23. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Theres alot of college kids that depend on part time jobs to pay for there college most people dont have rich parents and the jobs arnt there .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  24. Patriot

    I challenge everyone in America and citizens aboard to take time to read the original Constitution along with the Bill of Rights.. Both of these documents are written in Clear English! what is even more Amazing is that the laws written in the first 100 years, rarely were over just a few pages long. ( much like the Arizona law 1070) Laws that could be easily understood by the avg Citizen. Yet today's bills and laws by the federal government are on avg. 1500 pages long. Why is this:
    Well for example:
    The sheeples choice law, the health-care reform bill.
    It's over 2000 pages, and hidden deep with in is an exclusion, Bet ya cant guess who is excluded from having to participate in the health care reform..

    WAKE UP AMERICAN CITIZENS...... Call your library and get a card. Find some History books written prior to 20 people re-writing the History, which has been going on for 30 long years, just it is now being brought to the attention of the sheeple.....

    When one turns over their own life to the care of others, they then no longer have life at all.. ~ CHB

    The American Public is looking for someone to take care of them, like sheep turn to a Sheppard. hence no longer people, they become sheeple.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  25. Pauly

    That's funy Patriot. Where exactly do you reassign teachers who majored in English? You just can't place them in other classrooms that are outside their expertise!!! I read the superintendent has ordered 150,000 teachers to be audited for accents. Where do they all go?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  26. MeLoN

    It's not about anti-Mexican.

    It's about anti-illegal aliens.

    It's not about anti-immigrants with accents.

    It's about teaching American students the best for them.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  27. Randall of Texas

    Christine Romans you can't fool me with that coded terminolgy...read the book due for November hopefully!

    May 24, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  28. Mosley Hardy

    John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil has said that an "oil-skimming supertanker" was used to help clean up a Saudi oil spill larger than this one back in the 90's. They used it basically to "vacuum up" 85% of the oil and separate it from the seawater.

    Has this even been DISCUSSED for use in the gulf???

    May 24, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  29. Winston Keirstead

    All of Canada grieved for New Orleans and area after hurricane Katrina. This was a 'natural' disaster, an 'act of God', so to speak. We all learned that the area was poorly prepared for such an event. We hear that things are different now. We hope so.

    But now we have a 'man-made' disaster, one that could have-should have- been predicted and yet no one was prepared to deal with it, least of all BP, the very company who was making all the profit from the well! Only now, five weeks later, is the government posturing that "if we find that BP is not doing things right, we will, appropriately, push them aside"?? Where is the plan of attack? Will they wait until the entire Gulf Coast is damaged beyond repair? Americans should be screaming, demanding action- and answers!!

    May 24, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  30. MeLoN

    Why are you so anti-American Pauly with your anti-truth propaganda that you constantly spew? Does the truth actually cause you physical pain?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  31. Mara

    Arizona should be the guiding light for the rest of the US. I'm so sick of speaking with customer service reps who I simply can't understand and who are right here in the US, not outsourced.

    Anyone who cannot speak perfect English should not be teaching it to our children. Anyone who cannot speak understandable English should not be hired if their job is to speak to the public.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  32. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    @ Pauly Whenever they start publishing the menu in Spanish .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  33. Pauly

    Will AZ ban teachers from the UK for having an English accent?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  34. Pauly

    When will AZ ban Mexican restaurants, ban grocery stores from selling Mexican food, ban students from going to Mexico for spring break, ban Air Mexico from their airports, etc? Why not ban students w/ accents?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  35. Steve

    Why the heck is a House committee wasting time on sports injuries when the country has huge finacial problems, people out of work and a struggling economy.

    The issue of sports injuries is important but what happened to the responsibilities of individuals, players organizations and owners. It seems to me that the government needs to be concentrating on the real issues that face us as a nation and not regulating what individuals choose to subject themselves to by playing sports.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  36. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Hillary wants to borrow some money from China to teach North Korea a lesson .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  37. MeLoN

    Should not an "english" teacher be able to be understood by the students that are still learning the language?

    Why is that SOME people claim that the people that want the best for the country to be racist? Is it because they are anti-American themselves and are only seeking to destroy the national identity of the US?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  38. Patriot

    No Pauly I'm sorry,
    The schools across the nation are taking a stand to promote higher standards, which parents should be happy to know.

    These teachers are not being fired, reassigned. No different
    than any worker in the country, when an employer feels someone would be better fit or suited in a different position they get moved.. No big deal! yet the education of children should be paramount.

    Some have mentioned torpedo and blowing up the well head....
    Talk about foolish ideas. Im glad they are not on site directing this.
    Natural gas ignites even under water... I wonder just how big that explosion would be.. How much of the earth would be blown off..
    Which again those kind of thoughts and the people that mention them, and the people of the country are not concerned about the education,,, GOD help us all!

    May 24, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  39. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Arizona wants to teach American history since this is America the Mexicans thinks its Mexico .

    May 24, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  40. nancy

    WHAT?? ~~ "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will accompany a group of Republican and Democratic senators on a flyover of the affected areas. They'll also meet with BP representatives and community leaders."

    Is there a reason they can't get up close and personal with the MESS? Let them get their hands dirty ~~ get in there and HELP. President Obama ~~ that goes for you too.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  41. Pauly

    What's next for AZ? Deny people w/ accents from working? Deny people w/ accents from holding public office? Which Governor has the accent, Barbour, Scwartzenneger or Richardson? Many of our presidents had an "accent." The most recent being Carter, Bush I & II, and Clinton. At least to Americans that lived outside the south & TX. In their home states, they had no accent!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  42. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Texas text book's the NAACP is worried about loosing there race bias it would be a shame for slavery to fade away and both races become united .

    May 24, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  43. MeLoN

    lol @ SHEEPLES...

    That describes most Americans. Follow the crowd instead of doing the correct thing for the country.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  44. Kent Redd

    On your story on airline fees, I WISH you people would OUIT WHINING about all the GOTYA fees the airlines impose. If you do not like them, QUIT flying. I have NEVER flown commercially, I have ONLY flown three times in a light plane. This is a NONE ISSUE to me. Also, if the airline have REALLY be losing money for ALL of these years, HOW are they still in business?

    Kent

    May 24, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  45. Randall of Texas

    Kiran take Rand Paul as an example...his biggest worry for him is that his wife will figure out that he truly is a rascist...Texas sucks and it is highly rascist. I know that because I am a 5th generation Texan...

    May 24, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  46. Patriot

    If everyone paid more attention to what goes on behind the scenes of the Federal Government, researched their actions rather than depend on CNN and other news outlets, the country would be better informed and able to make better choices in whom they elect.

    Example:
    How do you feel about the Presidential Office, No I am not singling out BHO.
    Are you aware that executive orders signed. What they enable and also do not allow. Are you aware that most of what the President of America does is actually sealed and has been signed time after time from successors, effectively sealing themselves and past holders of office.
    Wouldn't the President of the most free country in the world be transparent and if their actions can't be revealed to the people the speak and represent?
    I would go further to suggest reading the resolutions in the works at the United Nations in full, rather than opinionated views of reporters.

    Sheeple need to take it upon themselves and learn and pay attention rather than rely on another.

    The Constitution says clearly, " to promote the general welfare. it does not say provide.

    The oil spill: America along with BP bite off more than they can chew. No one has a clue of how to fix this, it is all trail by error.
    We as people of this world have no business that deep, at least not until we have the ability to work at such depths hands on. Which that will never happen. Which goes without saying, The day they get this stopped, remove all deep water oil exploration from the planet.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  47. Pauly

    Sorry Patriot but these teachers were already hired & have been teaching English for many years. Obviously they had the credentials when they were hired!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  48. Jim

    Can BP be blaimed for trying to save its well despite the fact that it's obvious to most people that its priority is stopping the leak? I don't know, but it looks like the Obama Administration may have to soak up some blaim for not making that clear soon enough.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  49. Randall of Texas

    I'm told that airplanes are huge contaminators to our air so John it looks like to me that the consumer isn't getting screwed but rather the Polar Bear is gettingthe shaft as a result of air traffic...

    Remember God wrote two books. One was the bible and the other was the Book of Nature in Genesis and just as was proved by the reburial of Copernicus that the Book of Nature went on about it's business and didn't pay attention what the Pope thought when he had Galileo denounce his belief that the earth was the center of the solar system...

    Go ahead and create those women who worship money and drop by Donald Trump's place John old boy cause your side is winning...melt Greenland melt!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  50. Pauly

    What is a proper AZ accent? Who decides? The superintendent says he's just following guidelines by the Bush administration. Sorry but Bush had an accent to many people in the US!!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  51. TERRY

    Sub's can't go that deep but torpedeo's do!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  52. Patriot

    Okay Sheeeple listen up.

    Arizona is doing this in the open public forum.
    Do your homework, research this a little bit.
    Investigate other states and school districts and the requirements for teaching classes.

    An easy example, even sheeple will understand:

    Would you consider me who can't speak French without being broken.. No you would hire someone who speaks French.

    Google your school district, some will have their hiring polices posted in pdf format.
    Happy reading πŸ˜€

    May 24, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  53. mike sey

    What is so scary about the Arizona education issue is the smugness of the bland, blob of an education Super. It is impermeable.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  54. MeLoN

    Arizona is a standard bearer for the US.

    All states should follow their lead in most things.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  55. Charne

    I live in Puerto Rico, and when I graduated from high school my biggest dream was to go to the US to go to college, but the prices are extremely high, I even got depressed because of that... Well I ended up staying here and don't regret it at all...

    May 24, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  56. Marquis

    AZ is an absolute disgrace to America

    May 24, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  57. Jake

    IT'S TOO MUCH MONEY!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  58. Jeremy D from Michigan

    * forgot to add – sorry moderators.

    I have been out of college for 2 years and have barely found any work.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  59. Pauly

    Patriot, if all states followed AZ, the superintendent of the AZ schools couldn't teach English in schools in cities like Boston, Nashville & Dallas!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  60. Jeremy D from Michigan

    Good morning. In regards to college cost and quality, I can tell you from experience that cost does not equal quality. I moved from Michigan to Savannah, GA to go to SCAD – one of the "top" art colleges in the US and it ended up costing me 150k in debt for my Bachelors degree. They would nickle and dime everything – and this is while they still claim to be 'non-profit.' So not only are they taking full advantage of students, but they aren't paying taxes. I remember seeing a commercial on CNN for an upcoming segment on colleges doing this – since you guys are in Atlanta, I'd suggest you check out SCAD. My experiences were not ALL bad, but I could have gotten an equal – if not better – education for a quarter of the price and stress.

    PS: John your British accent is terrible πŸ™‚

    May 24, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  61. Daniel Dallas

    Good morning John & Kiran,

    Happy Monday

    Gulf oil spill, according to gov. Jindal it looks like the state and federal govt both failed to stop the oil coming on the beach. Everybody opines how much they frustrated about this incidence but no one has any idea how it will be taken care including BP.

    I would rather agree with Arizona lawmakers to reassign classes to the teachers with heavy accents. It discourages the students. Anyone can learn better English if the teacher and method is the one that should be.

    I am pretty much sure Alina Chow will never make series as the Foreign Students who come here as a student and studies in masters or doctorate degrees would work illegally and also take American Job with low or no salary initially.
    The American Student who work hard, gets loan with high interest and suffers lot.

    Media is interesting in this stories as they have to complete there time slots and will forget everything in 1,2, or more weeks.

    Journalism should be benifit to the society not only for the channel corporations.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  62. TERRY

    If the teacher's can't teach, then why are they there!!! Use what you got or "CHANGE THING'S!!! Look at the BIG PICTURE!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  63. Pauly

    Many are criticizing the govt for letting BP call the shots. They are the experts! Though the Coast Guard has some experience w/ oil spills, they don't have the experience to cap oil leaks, especially when they are a mile beneath the surface. As BP has learned, even fixes that have worked in shallower waters don't work at the depth this leak is at.

    The sad fact is that we know more about space then we do about our oceans. Does anyone realize the pressure a mile below the water? Even our subs can't dive that deep!!! I've heard experts & other say to send Navy Seals down there. They wouldn't survive!!! There are only a couple of submersibles in the world that can go down there.

    BP is considering a top kill & junk shot. Many are worried that either of these could cause a larger leak. Do we want inexperienced govt officials to try these methods so BP can tell the courts that the govt made it worse so they are responsible?

    May 24, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  64. MeLoN

    CNN censors alive and well this morning!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  65. Patriot

    Sheeple in America are killing me, My ribs hurt from laughing so much.

    Arizona has yet to do anything many other states and even counties and school districts across the country have already done and been doing for more than 10 years.

    Reading is fundamental, it might be a great idea for those bashing Arizona prior to speaking.

    An Uneducated opinion is exactly what MLK was talking about with his now famous quote
    "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

    May 24, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  66. Michael Walker

    Arizona is not racist, they are one of the highest ranking states in the U.S. when it comes to student test scores. Therefor, there is nothing left to do in but sharpen the accents of teachers – (Not) !

    May 24, 2010 at 7:06 am |
  67. Nikita

    Let's be honest, BP's social responisibility is all but null for the CEO to say that the spill is modest. In order for him to be comfortable enough to say that publicly means he's not the only one in this corporation that feels that way. Second, for this recovery to be taking this long everyone who comes on tv for BP, they all look mighty rested! They should look like death two times over, appear like they're losing sleep over this like all the people whose lives have been affectd by this. Last, the government shouldn't push BP out of the way unless they're positive they can stop the leak. No need for our government to appear any more ineffective than they already are!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  68. Joseph K Dates

    Reading the blogs above, I shall run out to buy "blue pencils"

    May 24, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  69. Elizabeth Winkler

    There is no pedagogical reason to remove teachers with minor accent differences from the classroom. If we start a witch hunt to weed out teachers with nonstandard accents, were going to lose many fine teachers all over the US – most of whom are native speakers of English! I do teacher training of US born ESL teachers at a university in Kentucky. Many of these teachers speak a local Kentucky variety of English that is not standard in accent, vocabulary or grammar. Are we going to fire them for not speaking a standard? Every state that I have been in has the same issue. These accents are not going to hurt students. Neither are the accents of immigrant teachers. In addition, these are not the only voices that our students are exposed to. There are lots of models of the many varieties of English. Finally, these teachers are a great model for students. They show what can be learned!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  70. Randall of Texas

    Can they fill an oil tanker with dispersant and then locate a tube near the source of the leak and shoot dispersant through the tube into the originating leak so as to allow perhaps as early an opportunity to go to work against the polluting oil?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  71. Rhonda

    Living here in Boca Raton Florida, my four children have complained many times about having teachers that had such "heavy" accents, it made for a difficult time for them. (This coming from teachers from grade school all the way through college) While America is a melting pot for everyone, English is the main language and part of teaching should be to enunciate clearly when speaking. Having many different foreign speaking teachers here in South Florida, I belive it should be a pre-requisite to speak clearly before one is allowed to stand before a class. No offense to anyone, however the students shouln't have to try to decipher what a teacher is saying, it should be in plain English.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  72. TERRY

    BP pull back and "WE" will take out the well head!!! Or we could log on to an TERROR site and ask them to take out your refineries!!! They seem to have plenty of explosives!!! Just saying!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  73. Carolynne

    Quality in education is what it is about, not racism - English cannot be taught by teachers who cannot spell, pronounce correctly, or use in correct context. Americans' language skills have already dropped to an all time low. It is embarrassing!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  74. mike sey

    Pip, Pip, chaps, whatever gave Superintendant Horn the idea that any American properly pronounces English, or for that matter can spell it correctly? On my honour, Ah do deeclare that no-one south of the Mason Dixon Line does. So I wish Superintendent Horn and Y'all a jolly good day.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  75. Pauly

    AZ must want to spend a fortune defending themselves from lawsuits. America is made up of many "accents." AZ wants to reassign teachers w/ an Hispanic accent. What about teachers from New England, Texas or the south?

    AZ has a large Hispanic population & to these residents, it's the rest of the population w/ an accent. In MA, it's people from elsewhere who have an accent. However, in the rest of the country, they have the accent. A northerner has an accent in the south but southerners have the accent up north. What exactly is the proper English accent?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  76. Andreas

    If a robot can go down there and hold a camera, why cant it hold a end of a tube, which will suck the oil in? At least some.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:46 am |
  77. Joseph K Dates

    So, in a country where the educational system graduates native speakers of English who have not even rudimentary understanding of the structure of English the State of Arizona now notches up the local level of xenophobia. I interview prospective employees from many backgrounds and by enlarge it is native born English speakers who cannot write, "See Spot run.", and punctuate it. See, Spot run!/See Spot;run!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  78. bobc

    Teacher's and parents' accents have no bearing on the accents children finally use. It is something they absorb almost osmotically from their surroundings. I say this as an African taught English by Irish and American nuns in East Africa. People around me spoke correct English with an East African accent. That is how I ended up speaking. My son, born in America, speaks nothing like my wife and me. She speaks totally like an American. I pronounce comma like coma and not "cama" and everyone knows what I am talking about. The official is saying that great writers/English literature professors like Wole Soyinka or Ngugi wa Thiongo would have no place in Arizona schools?
    Peculiar!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  79. Koralee Nisbett

    Reassigning teachers who cannot pronounce English is the final straw. Has anyone in Arizona realized that most Americans cannot speak proper English? I am a U.S. Citizen from the U.S. Virgin Islands and I have heard the same English word being pronounced differently when the person speaking is from New York, Boston, Georgia, Louisiana or California. Have they considered the accent of a true English speaking person from England? Just who decides which pronounciation of an English word is correct? This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. It is highly prejudicial.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  80. Geoffrey

    I think if we are going to remove teachers with accents from teaching English, likewise, the same should go for those that teach Spanish, French, or whatever other language. If they dont speak those languages natively, then they should be fired or " choose another profession." In addition, fat teachers should not be teaching gym class. Profiling seems like the perfect way for this country to reinvigorate the racial divide, create tensions, and stimulate racism.
    Oh, and yes, this is sarcasm, for those of you who don't know how to read between the lines.

    How far are a few white supremist morons going to take this?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  81. Randall of Texas

    President George Washington warned us about and feared cunning, ambitious and unprincioled men would cease control of our checks and balances system. For centuries white, heteosexual Christian males have ran our nation. White, heterosexual, Christian males make up the largest contributors and they want like kind in government doing the decision making, So get ready for another day of following the bouncing ball of the white, heterosexual, Christian males giving politically correct answers.

    Our nation is no where near represented by a reflection of America's population. 51% would be women and 50% would be under 36 if there was a closer distribution of representation of America.

    President Washington supported a representative for every 30,000 constitutionuents as opposed 40,000. This held to form for a few years and Congressed even had to be expanded for the population of citizenry. In the early 20th century congressional law makers increased their power by limiting the House of Representatives to 435 members. Today a Congressperson represents 690,000 people.

    America's Congress is full of sicko sell out artists.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  82. kemcha

    Great work, Arizona. I support what you are doing. Every teacher who is teaching English classes or teaching others to speak English need to have an understandable knowledge of our language before they can teach others our language.

    It's bad enough that we have foreigners in our country who are speaking broken English and that needs to stop. When you speak their language incorrectly, they raise a hairy fit about it or if you pronounce their name wrongly ... it's time we start having tougher standards for migrant teachers teaching English-learning classes.

    If they cannot learn how to speak our language correctly, then they have no business in our classrooms.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  83. Lindsay Heikkuri

    Its wrong for the state to take teachers out of there jobs just because they have an accent! Its not there fault they talk the way they do. This country is made up of immigrants and its not fair to take a person out of their job just because of the way they talk!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  84. Dorothy

    I'm never moving to Arizona or Texas. They are slowly taking away the very thing that makes America great.... Individualism!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  85. Bill

    Nothing from Arizona surprises me anymore. Remember, this is the same state that did not recognize Dr. Kings birthday.
    It is a very sad comentary to the direction our Country is turning. Make no mistake, this is a direct result to the election of President Obama. Denials may be made but the facts must be faced. Conservatives, under the claim of values, are launching attacks upon people of color. Reminds me of Hitler's attackon the Jews. Study history or repeat it.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  86. rdwray

    Why was the teacher complaining to the students? Academic freedom should be removed and the teachers forced to teach; it isn't any wonder that the students are coming out stupid.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  87. Pyept

    English teachers that speak English with out an accent,,, what a concept! It will be interesting to see what the results of there aduits are: will you report if the Brazilian teacher gets a favorable grade?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  88. Avery

    So can the superintendent in Arizona answer this: which is right, tomato or tomato?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  89. TERRY

    Does the "ACCENT'S" cause a disruption in any way??? Does the "ACCENT'S" make them any less of a person??? THIS RACISM AT IT'S BEST!!! We shuold hang our heads!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  90. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    Thanks BP... for killing the GULF!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:05 am |