ERIC Number: ED204045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Por los Ninos (For the Children): Education of Undocumented Children.
Gonzalez, Elena R.; Team, Linda B.
Published as a special project of Texas IMPACT and the Texas Conference of Churches, this booklet outlines legal aspects of the education of undocumented children, lists moral and practical reasons for educating them, provides reasons for changing the Texas law which prohibits use of state funds for education of children who are not legally admitted aliens, rather than leaving the matter to the Supreme Court to decide, and discusses strategies for action. After a discussion of specific legal aspects and the moral issues involved, the booklet lists practical reasons for educating undocumented children: (1) the desire to exclude the children frequently grows out of myths and stereotypes; (2) undocumented children are likely to be permanent residents and, eventually, citizens; (3) the state has the resources to educate the children and maintain the quality of schools; (4) undocumented workers pay taxes that are used for public schools; and (5) expenditures for educating the children now are less than the later social and economic costs of not doing so. Strategies for action are listed, including legislative advocacy, local community advocacy, and assistance to undocumented children to help them get needed education. A list of selections for further reading is included. (CM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission (School), Boards of Education, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Community Involvement, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts, Illegal Immigrants, Mexicans, Moral Issues, Social Problems, State Legislation, Stereotypes
Texas IMPACT; 2704 Rio Grande No. 9, Austin, TX 78705 (free up to 10 copies, $0.25 ea. over 10).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Presbyterian Church in the United States, New York, NY.; United Church of Christ, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Texas Conference of Churches, Austin.; Texas IMPACT, Austin.
Identifiers: Texas; Undocumented Students