ERIC Number: ED468910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Voices from La Frontera: Study of School Districts along the United States/Mexico Border.
WestEd, San Francisco, CA.; Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
School board associations in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas jointly commissioned this report to identify common issues in K-12 education along the United States/Mexico border. Surveys returned from 206 school districts within 100 miles of the border indicate that this is a diverse and historically impoverished region with a growing population of primarily Latinos and Whites. Common concerns included inadequate education funding; a shortage of qualified teachers; and significant fluctuations in student enrollment and attendance that make it difficult to predict revenue streams and plan budgets, predict staffing needs, and maintain continuity in instruction. Students who live in Mexico but attend school in the United States force district leaders to choose between enforcing residency rules or educating all children in their binational communities. Responding to family and student needs, border districts typically deliver services such as health and dental care, life and study skills classes, and classes for parents on the American educational system. Policy implications are that districts offering health and social services need additional support, methods for easing the teacher shortage and erratic student attendance must be identified, and state and federal policies must be analyzed to identify conflicts among existing regulations and potential resolutions. In particular, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 should be analyzed for the opportunities and challenges it presents. (Contains 43 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Attendance, Biculturalism, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Faculty Mobility, Limited English Speaking, Mexican American Education, Migrant Youth, Poverty Areas, Rural Schools, School Districts, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage
For full text: http://www.WestEd.org/online_pubs/lafrontera.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.; Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
IES Cited: ED498360