By The Associated Press

A federal judge in Tucson is being urged to issue a long-awaited ruling in a decades-old court fight over whether Arizona's instruction of students learning the English language is adequate.

A court filing Friday by a lawyer for critics of the state's programs says it's likely the state or the federal government won't take any action until the judge issues a ruling.

U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins took the case under advisement in early 2011 after concluding a 22-day hearing.

A previous judge ruled that the programs were inadequate, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2010 that Arizona is entitled to a fresh review.

The case was originally filed in 1992 on behalf of children and parents in the Nogales school district.