ERIC Number: ED182092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Conference on the Education of Undocumented Students: Status and Suggested Remedies (San Antonio, Texas, May 11, 1979).
Ramirez, Robert, Ed.
While legislators debate, courts differ, and limited rulings emanate, Texas school district boards and superintendents are faced with the day-to-day problems of trying to decide whether or not illegal immigrant children should be educated, and if so, where and how. The conference proceedings provide a means of sharing these concerns and the exchange of views of possible remedies. Dr. Jose Cardenas' opening statement calls for a humane perspective in order to address the issues with fairness, particularly with fairness to the children involved. Leonel Castillo, Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration Service, presents the position of the U.S. Department of Justice that any child in the U.S. is entitled to an education. Summaries of group discussions reveal that impacted districts possess inadequate space to absorb growing numbers of aliens; access to education can be a function of wealth; methods of dealing with undocumented students by Texas schools are inconsistent; and alternative schools cannot meet the needs of all excluded students. Some remedies generated by discussions recommend provision of State and Federal funds for construction purposes; increasing school district unencumbered funds; and a clear Federal position of total immigration policy. Appendices include a Mexico/U.S. border city study with census data, a statement on the rights of undocumented immigrant children to a public education, texts of proposed Texas legislation, and a list of pertinent court cases. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Costs, Court Litigation, Educational Finance, Federal Courts, Government School Relationship, Illegal Immigrants, Mexicans, Migrant Education, Public Education, School Attendance Legislation, Spanish Speaking, State Legislation, State School District Relationship
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers: Texas; Undocumented Students
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