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Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education Through Public Policy

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Despite their numbers, Latinos continue to lack full and equal participation in all facets of American life, including education. This book provides a critical discussion of the role that select K-12 educational policies have and continue to play in failing Latino students. The author draws upon institutional, national, and statewide data sets, as well as interviews among students, teachers, and college administrators, to explore the role that public policies play in educating Latino students. The book concludes ...

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Overview

Despite their numbers, Latinos continue to lack full and equal participation in all facets of American life, including education. This book provides a critical discussion of the role that select K-12 educational policies have and continue to play in failing Latino students. The author draws upon institutional, national, and statewide data sets, as well as interviews among students, teachers, and college administrators, to explore the role that public policies play in educating Latino students. The book concludes with specific recommendations that aim to raise achievement, college transition rates, and success among Latino students across the preschool through college continuum. Chapters cover high dropout rates, access to college-preparation resources, testing and accountability, financial aid, the Dream Act, and affirmative action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807752111
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2011
  • Series: Multicultural Education Series , #47
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword James A. Banks vii

Acknowledgments xiii

1 The Role of the Public Policy Arena in Educating Latino Students 1

The Critical Importance of Public Policy in Investing in Human Capital 6

Demography and the Growing Latino Presence in the United States 10

Policy Context for Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and its Impact on Education 10

Creating an Education Policy Agenda That Addresses Latino Student Needs 23

2 Falling Through the Cracks: Who Transitions to College and Who Doesn't? 24

Differential Opportunities to Learn 25

Graduation Rates and Policies 40

The Pathway to College 44

Who Goes to College and Who Graduates? 49

Conclusion 51

3 Educating Latino Students in an Era of High-Stakes Testing, Accountability, and Assessment 53

Context for Accountability 54

No Child Left Behind 57

The Achievement Gap as a Reflection of the Educational Opportunity Gap 60

English Learners in the Accountability Framework 66

Plausible Explanations for Gaps in Achievement 67

Conclusion 74

4 The Role of Financial Aid, Tuition Policy, and Affordability in Latino Higher Education Access 78

Socioeconomic Status 79

A Case Study of Washington 80

Historical and Policy Context for Financial Aid 85

Trends in College Pricing 88

Conclusion 95

5 Undocumented Latino Students and the Dream of Pursuing College 97

National Context for Unauthorized Students in Higher Education 98

The Policy Context in Washington State 100

Literature on Undocumented Students and Persistence 100

A Look at the Experiences of Undocumented Students Attempting to Finish College 106

Looking Beyond the College Degree: Policy Considerations 117

Conclusion 120

6 Anti-Affirmative Action Policies and Latino Student Access to Public Higher Education 121

Policy Context 123

Exploring the Concepts of Access and Equity in Higher Education 126

California Post-Proposition 209 127

The Case of Washington State Post-I-200 134

Percent Plans-Mixed Reviews? 139

Moving Forward: The Concept of Equity as a Consideration 141

7 The "Sleeping Giant" Is Awake: Raising Latino Student Achievement and Success Through Education Policy 143

Effectively Utilizing the Legal Arena to Promote Educational Equity 144

Finances and Resources 147

Moving an Education Policy Agenda Forward 150

The Pathway to Shaping Educational Policy 159

Conclusion 162

Notes 163

References 165

Index 185

About the Author 193

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