PHOENIX – It’s time for social studies in a fifth grade classroom in Glendale. Among the students following the lesson about the American colonies is Karen Beltran.
She’s a 10-year-old with a perpetual smile.
When Beltran first entered public education in Arizona about five years ago, she didn’t speak much English.
“It felt really scary, I was like shocked,” Beltran said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Yeah, it was really weird learning English because I mostly speak Spanish at home.”
Things have improved since then.