The Education of Latino Students in Massachusetts: Issues, Research, and Policy Implications

The Education of Latino Students in Massachusetts: Issues, Research, and Policy Implications


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Following its rapid growth over the past twenty years, the Latino population of Massachusetts is now the largest racial and ethnic minority group in the state. It is also one of the poorest. During the "Massachusetts Miracle" of the 1980s, the Latino poverty rate in the commonwealth was twice that of blacks and six times that of whites. And with Latino children dropping out of school at a rate three times that of white children, the economic future of these young adults is bleak indeed.

Unlike blacks—who are concentrated in Boston—Latinos are dispersed geographically throughout the state. This distribution, combined with their limited economic and political power, has made Latinos victims of public indifference and neglect.

This volume and its companion, Latino Poverty and Economic Development in Massachusetts, edited by Edwin Melendez and Miren Uriarte, are designed to educate policymakers and other concerned individuals about the particular needs of Latinos in Massachusetts. They address issues of education and economic development and suggest strategies to facilitate Latino empowerment in ways that preserve ethnic identity, language, and cultural expression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870238956
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 08/15/1994
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ralph Rivera was an associate director of the Gaston Institute and assistant professor in the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Sonia Nieto is a former professor of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

What People are Saying About This

Jorge Chapa

Because so little is known about Latinos in Massachusetts, this book should be of interest to academic researchers across the country.

Ricardo Fernandez

This book should be read by teachers and administrators, school board members, and persons involved in developing educational policy, not only in Massachusetts but beyond.

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