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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
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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
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Valencia makes moving reference throughout to the parents and community activists who labored on behalf of their children and, in the process, shows them to be trailblazers deserving of their own biographical treatments. In the meantime, this book provides a solid, reliable account of a crucial chapter in the history of Mexican Americans-and, indeed, of the United States itself.-The Journal of Southern History,

“The longstanding rap on Latino parents, particularly Mexican Americans, is that they are too passive, an old trope from movies and the iconic peasant taking his siesta under a palm tree. But as Valencia’s detailed book shows, these parents have been resisting school perfidy and indifference for well over a century, even against courts and school boards that have been downright hostile to their claims. I found it fascinating reading, and learned a great deal, even though I thought I had known or read all these cases. I was wrong. He has corrected this record in an authoritative fashion that has set the bar for the rest of us.”

-Michael A. Olivas,editor of “Colored Men” and “Hombres Aquí”

“A highly detailed catalogue of all the relevant lawsuits about educational equality and Mexican American students.”
-Law and Politics Book Review


“In this book Valencia effectively weaves together a wide variety of large and small, famous and forgotten, Chicano legal challenges to educational discrimination and ties the entire corpus of activism around the concept of critical race theory. This book is successful as a reference work and as a synthesis of critical race scholarship on the varied, confusing tangle of Mexican American educational litigation. . . . Valencia’s study offers enterprising historians myriad ways in which to engage the increasingly paramount subjects of Mexican American education, race, poverty, and immigration. In this original and laboriously researched book, Valencia successfully communicates the size and complexity of the Mexican American community’s quest for better schools—and how much more is left for historians to do on this important yet neglected topic.”
-American Historical Review


“In this necessary and foundational resource, Valencia recovers a legacy of resistance to educational inequalities and shatters myths that claim Chicanas/os don’t value education.”

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