ERIC Number: ED218805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Supreme Court Decision on Right to an Education: The Case of Illegal Alien Children, "Plyler v. Doe". ERS School Research Forum.
Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
Reproduced here are the text of the 1982 Supreme Court decision "Plyler v. Doe" and its companion cases, "In Re Alien Children Litigation." An introductory statement explains that in this opinion the Court struck down a Texas law prohibiting tuition-free education for children of illegal aliens, on the grounds that education performs a pivotal role in sustaining political and cultural heritage and must be made available to all on equal terms. The introduction also highlights Justice Brennan's statement that significant social costs must be borne by the nation when select groups are denied the means to absorb the values and skills upon which the social order rests. Also highlighted in the introduction is the dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Burger wrote that in striking down the Texas statute the Court was assuming a policy-making role in which it trespassed on the functions of other branches of government. The text of the decision is presented in full with important points highlighted by double lines in the margins. An appendix provides information on the estimated number of illegal aliens in this country and provides sections of the Constitution relevant to the case. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Protection, Free Education, Illegal Immigrants, School Law, State Legislation, Student Rights
Publications, Educational Research Service, 1800 N. Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No. 225-00006; $12.00).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Texas