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ERIC Number: ED564576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-1011-0
LULAC v. Richards: The Class Action Lawsuit That Prompted the South Texas Border Initiative and Enhanced Access to Higher Education for Mexican Americans Living along the South Texas Border
Ortegon, Ricardo Ray
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
This case study examined the trials and tribulations a predominantly Mexican-American community in South Texas went through to obtain higher education opportunities for its residents. This study focuses on the "LULAC v. Richards" lawsuit and the South Texas Border Initiative. In 1987, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and other Mexican American organizations and individuals. The lawsuit was filed against the State of Texas claiming that higher education leaders discriminated against Mexican Americans living along the south Texas border by not offering them the same access to higher education opportunities that were offered to residents in other parts of the state. The Texas Supreme Court ultimately heard the case and ruled unanimously against the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were not successful through the justice system; however, many individuals acknowledge that the lawsuit served as a catalyst for the South Texas Border Initiative. The South Texas Border Initiative refers to a body of legislation passed by the Texas Legislature that provided millions of dollars to support higher education for nine institutions located in south Texas along the Texas-Mexico border. By interviewing individuals involved with the events pertaining to this study and conducting extensive document analysis, this study examines why the lawsuit was filed, how the community pursued higher education opportunities, and how the south Texas region has been impacted by these efforts. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas