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

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Overview

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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“This book is a significant contribution to the literature on Mexican American activism in education and documents in rich detail the successes and failures of these legal struggles . . . It is highly recommended for scholars, historians, educators, lawyers, and community activists of all colors.”
-The Journal of American History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814788196
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Critical America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Understanding and Analyzing Mexican American School Litigation
1 School Segregation
2 School Financing
3 Special Education
4 Bilingual Education
5 School Closures
6 Undocumented Students
7 Higher Education Financing
8 High-Stakes Testing
Conclusion: Th e Contemporary and Future Status of Mexican American – Initiated School Litigation;
What We Have Learned from Th is Legal History
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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