ERIC Number: ED367527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-29
Reference Count: N/A
A Research Study on the Projected Impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Texas Public Schools.
Cortez, Albert; And Others
This report estimates the number of recent immigrant students that would enroll in Texas public schools as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and recommends educational strategies to address the unique needs of recent immigrants. Research approaches included a review of existing research on immigration trends and immigrant education, analysis of selected Texas school district data, and focus-group discussions with school administrators. An estimation procedure based on Census Bureau and Immigration and Naturalization Service data and related California studies suggests that the annual growth of the Mexican immigrant population in Texas will increase by 7.5-14 percent with the implementation of NAFTA. This translates into 75,000-150,000 additional persons under age 20 during the first 5 years. Other findings are concerned with: (1) school district procedures for identification of recent immigrant pupils; (2) student placement in appropriate specialized programs with timely transition to mainstream programs; (3) monitoring of student progress and support services during transition to the regular program; (4) coordinated comprehensive support services for immigrant students, including health and social services; and (5) orientation strategies for immigrant parents and support for parent participation. This report contains 34 references, suggestions for program planning and strategies, school district questionnaire, focus-group questions, and an outline of school characteristics and educational strategies related to success for recent immigrant students. (SV)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Projections, Identification, Immigrants, Mexican American Education, Mexicans, Population Trends, Public Schools, Transitional Programs
Intercultural Development Research Association, 5835 Callaghan Rd., Suite 350, San Antonio, TX 78228-1190 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers: Immigration; North American Free Trade Agreement; Student Support Services; Texas
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