Lobbyist Warde Nichols admitted to Capitol Media Services that HB2485 came from Imagine Learning, a Utah-based firm whose specialties include program [sic] to help “English language learners,” students who come to school speaking another language and who are not proficient in English. And Imagine Learning even paid for a group of Arizona lawmakers to visit their Utah offices and Utah schools last fall where the company already has sold its product.
The legislation... is quite specific on what has to be in the software.
For example, it requires not only immediate feedback for students but says the software “must provide scaffolding through illustrations, front-loaded vocabulary, audio support, interactive glossary words, instruction feedback, strategic questions and adaptive content that provides extra practice as needed.”
Warde Nichols represented Chandler and Gilbert in the Arizona House from 2003 through 2010. On his House bio page, he described himself as "self employed, runs a pool serve and repair business." Apparently, no longer needing to be a pool man, he represents Imagine Learning in the Arizona House.
From Howard Fischer's story,