ERIC Number: ED188796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Federal Mandate for Bilingual Education: Some Implications for Parent and Community Participation.
Matute-Bianchi, Maria Eugenia
Despite the rhetoric as to its importance, this analysis concludes that there is no federal interest in promoting meaningful, substantive parent-community involvement in bilingual education. The absence of policy, data, theory, specifically worded governing rules and regulations, established models of involvement, training programs, or technical assistance to parent-community councils all support this position. An overview of the original Bilingual Education Act of 1968, dealing specifically with the ambiguity of the legislation, the influences of the War on Poverty and Civil Rights Movement on the concept of equal educational opportunity and bilingual education, the implications of the transition vs. maintenance controversy, and the effect of key court decisions favoring bilingual education as an effective remedy for limited-English-speaking children provide background for understanding the federal position. In addition to the objective factors that comprise a federal position and legislation, i.e., the 1974 Bilingual Education Act, the intricacies of the legislative process and bureaucratic operation must be taken into account. The interface between constituencies such as the federal bureaucracy, the local school professional and the community determines the specific form that any bilingual education program can or will take. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bilingual Education, Community Cooperation, Community Involvement, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Second Language Programs, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Chicanos; Spanish (Second Language)
Note: Paper presented at the Ethnoperspectives Forum on Bilingual Education (Ypsilanti, MI, June 20, 1979).