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ERIC Number: EJ767340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-6
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Amid Immigration Debate, Settled Ground: High Court's School Access Ruling Endures as a Quiet Fact of Life
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v26 n39 p1, 12-13 Jun 2007
Illegal immigration is a divisive issue in the politically conservative East Texas community of Tyler, known by many locally as "The Rose Capital of America." Drawn by jobs in the rose fields and iron foundries, Mexican immigrants began settling here with their families in the 1970s. Hispanic children--citizens, legal residents, and illegal immigrants alike--now make up 34 percent of the 18,000-student Tyler school system, and the tensions aren't hard to spot. Letters to the "Tyler Morning Telegraph" rail against undocumented immigrants. Some residents complain about the undocumented Mexican men who regularly wait in a local parking lot for day labor. Against that backdrop, the Tyler Independent School District this month will reach a milestone in the area of immigrants' rights: the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in "Plyler v. Doe," which barred Tyler--where the case originated--and other public school systems from charging tuition for undocumented children. Since that 5-4 decision on June 15, 1982, public schools across the country have been obligated to enroll children regardless of their immigration status. In sharp contrast to the national upheaval over racial desegregation in the wake of "Brown v. Board of Education," the immigration ruling became a quiet fact of life for educators in Tyler and elsewhere. Still, the debate has not entirely settled down, and some of Tyler's citizens continue to object to the use of community funds to educate the children of illegal immigrants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas