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ERIC Number: ED104575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-21
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Freedom in the Schools: The Right of Mexican-American Children to Succeed.
Gerry, Martin H.
The right of all children to an education free from discrimination due to race, color, or national origin is protected through the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's administrative enforcement mechanism and the Federal courts' equity powers. Yet, between 1954 and 1970, neither had seriously attacked the segregation of Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Native American children or the "invidious discriminatory practices" utilized by school districts in operating educational programs. In 1969, the Office for Civil Rights began a review of civil rights and educational literature pertaining to discrimination against national origin minority group children. The May 25 Memorandum, a departmental policy statement creating a set of operating principles which would adequately protect these children's right to an equal educational opportunity, was developed. Also developed were: (1) a technique for investigating and a format for proving noncompliance with the memorandum's various sections which would meet legal requirements and could be presented to field staff for implementation; (2) an educational assistance capability in the department to assist the office in negotiating compliance with the memorandum's provisions; and (3) additional policies to particularize those discriminatory practices which resulted in noncompliance with the memorandum. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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