Chicano Students and the Courts: The Mexican American Legal Struggle for Educational Equality

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Conclusion

The Contemporary and Future Status of
Mexican American-Initiated School
Litigation; What We Have Learned
from This Legal History

In this final chapter, I offer some thoughts on the contemporary and future status of school litigation brought forth by the Mexican American community. First, I discuss two lawsuits that have been recently litigated. My coverage is brief because the cases may be appealed. Second, I speculate on the types of educational lawsuits Mexican Americans may file in the very near future. I close the chapter by reflecting on what we have learned from this legal history, particularly regarding race and education in the United States.


Recently Litigated Educational Lawsuits
Brought Forth by Mexican Americans

The Mexican American-initiated school litigation covered in this book ranges over more than eight decades, from the 1925 Romo v. Laird desegregation case in Arizona to the 2006 ruling in the 250th District Court of Travis County (Texas) that brought closure to the Edgewood school financing case (West Orange-Cove v. Neeley, 2006). To be sure, the chronicle of Mexican American school litigation does not end there. Two recent cases deserve our attention. The first lawsuit deals with school desegregation; the second one concerns bilingual education.


Santamaria v. Dallas Independent School District (2006)

This desegregation lawsuit differs radically from the type of school segregation cases discussed in chapter 1, which concerned “between-school

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Introduction - Understanding and Analyzing Mexican American School Litigation 1
  • 1: School Segregation 7
  • 2: School Segregation 79
  • 3: Special Education 117
  • 4: Bilingual Education 153
  • 5: School Closures 198
  • 6: Undocumented Students 224
  • 7: Higher Education Financing 251
  • 8: High-Stakes Testing 268
  • Conclusion - The Contemporary and Future Status of Mexican American-Initiated School Litigation; What We Have Learned from This Legal History 306
  • Notes 321
  • References 401
  • Index 445
  • About the Author 484
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