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

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

by Richard R. Valencia
     
 

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

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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-à-vis Mexican Americans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814788301
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/07/2012
Series:
Critical America Series
Pages:
508
Sales rank:
1,322,953
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction: 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 High-Stakes Testing 268

Conclusion: The Contemporary and Future Status of Mexican American-Initiated 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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