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ERIC Number: ED100145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
Pages: 63
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Bilingual-Bicultural Education: Making Equal Educational Opportunities Available to National Origin Minority Students.
Montoya, Joseph M.
If equal educational opportunity is to become a reality for minority students, implementation of bilingual-bicultural curricula must commence immediately. Legislation committing our nation to bilingual education has been passed, but very little progress has been made so far in implementing bilingual programs. Continuous pressure must be exerted on our national and state legislatures in order that the requisite amount of funds be provided. We must involve ourselves in the decisions of our local school boards and push for the establishment of bilingual education programs there. If such programs are not set up, funded, and properly administered, we must prepare for legal confrontation by lodging community-initiated administrative complaints with the Health, Education and Welfare Office for Civil Rights or by instituting suits against local school districts. The fact that the Department of Health, Education and Welfare has construed Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to mean that bilingual programs can be legally required indicates that a series of court battles would most likely result in a victory for the nation's school children. Though the short-term cost of establishing bilingual programs will be high, the returns on our investment in equal educational opportunity will be enormous. (Author/PMP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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