ERIC Number: ED428142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
America's Newest Voices: Colombians, Dominicans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans in the United States Examine Their Public Policy Needs.
Gold, Rosalind; Vargas, Arturo; DeSipio, Louis; Pachon, Harry
The public policy needs of Colombians and Dominicans in the New York (New York) area and Salvadorans and Guatemalans in the Los Angeles (California) area were studied through a telephone survey of 1,503 Latinos. The survey population was generally representative of the emerging Latino populations, although the sample contained more immigrants and women than the overall population. Survey respondents had lower household incomes on average than other residents of the United States and were more likely to be unemployed. Respondents expressed opinions on a number of public policy and social service issues, but their opinions about education were especially interesting. Dominicans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans thought that the most important issue facing their children was inadequate schools. Colombians were more likely to mention language problems, but inadequate schools came in second. Survey respondents were generally satisfied with the quality of English language instruction in their schools, a finding that contradicts the concerns expressed by community leaders in an earlier related study. Overall, the survey indicates that emerging Latino residents, like the Latino community as a whole, are becoming active participants in U.S. society. The study concludes that policymakers should be concerned that the services being used by these communities, services that are used at a relatively low level, are not necessarily meeting the needs that Latinos consider most important. An appendix discusses the survey sampling methodology. (Contains 17 tables and 8 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, Los Angeles, CA.; Tomas Rivera Policy Inst., Claremont, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); New York (New York)