ERIC Number: ED343978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The "Puerto Rican Exception": Persistent Poverty and the Conservative Social Policy of Linda Chavez. IPR Policy Forums Proceedings (New York, New York, November 6, 1991).
Falcon, Angelo, Ed.; Santiago, John, Ed.
A policy forum featured a presentation by Linda Chavez on the public policy needs of the Puerto Rican community. The forum also included a panel of experts from the Puerto Rican community to provide critical feedback on Chavez's presentation. Chavez argued that Hispanic Americans can move into the mainstream of United States society, and that public policies ought to encourage assimilation, rather than encouraging Hispanic Americans to remain in ethnic enclaves divided from the rest of the nation. Puerto Ricans have been regarded as an exception to other Hispanic American groups because they have citizenship and do not face the problems of undocumented immigration experienced by other Hispanic American communities. A significant issue in the discussion of public policy concerns of Hispanic Americans has been the proper role of bilingual education. Panel members responded to the presentation and to Chavez's book "Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation," expressing differing views about the appropriate public policies to address issues of family stability and poverty, ethnic separatism, and bilingual education. Panelists were Aida Rodriguez, Edwin Melendez, and Cesar Perales. A rejoinder by L. Chavez and a discussion by panel participants and audience members concluded the forum. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education, Conservatism, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Family Structure, Hispanic Americans, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Poverty, Public Policy, Puerto Ricans, Social Problems, Social Services, Urban Problems, Welfare Services
Institute for Puerto Rican Policy, Inc., 286 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001-4512.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the City of New York, NY.; Mertz-Gilmore (Joyce) Foundation, New York, NY.; Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Puerto Rican Policy, New York, NY.