Chicano Students and the Courts: The Mexican American Legal Struggle for Educational Equality

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NYU Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Law - 508 pages
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In 1925 Adolfo ‘Babe’ Romo, a Mexican American rancher in Tempe, Arizona, filed suit against his school district on behalf of his four young children, who were forced to attend a markedly low-quality segregated school, and won. But Romo v. Laird was just the beginning. Some sources rank Mexican Americans as one of the most poorly educated ethnic groups in the United States. Chicano Students and the Courts is a comprehensive look at this community’s long-standing legal struggle for better schools and educational equality. Through the lens of critical race theory, Valencia details why and how Mexican American parents and their children have been forced to resort to legal action.

Chicano Students and the Courts engages the many areas that have spurred Mexican Americans to legal battle, including school segregation, financing, special education, bilingual education, school closures, undocumented students, higher education financing, and high-stakes testing, ultimately situating these legal efforts in the broader scope of the Mexican American community’s overall struggle for the right to an equal education. Extensively researched, and written by an author with firsthand experience in the courtroom as an expert witness in Mexican American education cases, this volume is the first to provide an in-depth understanding of the intersection of litigation and education vis--vis Mexican Americans.

 

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Contents

Understanding and Analyzing Mexican American School Litigation
1
1 School Segregation
7
2 School Financing
79
3 Special Education
117
4 Bilingual Education
153
5 School Closures
198
6 Undocumented Students
224
7 Higher Education Financing
251
8 HighStakes Testing
268
The Contemporary and Future Status of Mexican AmericanInitiated School Litigation What We Have Learned from This Legal History
306
Notes
321
References
401
Index
445
About the Author
484
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Richard R. Valencia is Professor of Educational Psychology, Faculty Associate of the Center for Mexican American Studies, and Fellow in the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education at The University of Texas at Austin. His books include Chicano School Failure and Success.

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