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No Undocumented Child Left Behind: Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren

Michael A. Olivas


This book examines the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case of Plyler v. Doe. This decision resolved the issue of whether or not state laws could restrict the educational opportunities of immigrant schoolchildren without legal status by denying them permission to enroll or requiring them to pay tuition. The Court determined that states and school districts could not do so without violating the doctrine of equal protection. This case has loomed larger in educational policy as the population of undocumented students has grown and as they graduate from secondary schools and attend colleges in increasing ... More

Keywords: immigrant schoolchildren, U.S. Supreme Court, undocumented students, educational policy, state laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762448
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Olivas, author
University of Houston Law Center