ERIC Number: ED174384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
The Interface Between Desegregation and Bilingual Education As It Affects Hispanic Migrant Children.
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Raleigh, NC.
Literature review, questionnaire survey, and personal interviews were the primary methods of gathering information about the educational opportunities available to Hispanic migrant students needing bilingual instruction. Four major findings were supported: (1) the number and percentage of Hispanic migrant students attending segregated schools is increasing due to the segregation of Hispanic students generally and the failure to identify "migrancy" per se as an illegal basis for discrimination; (2) although bilingual education is a matter of civil rights (Lau v. Nichols), few non-English-speaking or limited English-speaking migrants receive appropriate language instruction; (3) educational statistics, e.g., under enrollment and high dropout rates, document the exclusion of the migrant student from the public school system; (4) even when Hispanic students are served in a desegrated, bilingual setting, there are no clear legal obligations to ensure that Hispanic migrants receive a desegrated, bilingual education. Full educational equity for the Hispanic migrant student demands comprehensive educational reform including national legislation to protect the migrant's access to a public education. Survey forms, chronology of key court decisions, bibliography, and other supporting documents are appended. (JH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Desegregation Litigation, Educational Discrimination, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Hispanic Americans, Interviews, Language Programs, Literature Reviews, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Migrant Problems, Migrants, Multicultural Education, School Desegregation, School Segregation, Spanish Speaking, Surveys
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Raleigh, NC.
Note: Appendices G-103 and H may not reproduce well due to small print size