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No Undocumented Child Left BehindPlyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren$
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Michael A. Olivas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762448

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762448.001.0001

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The Implementation of Plyler v. Doe

The Implementation of Plyler v. Doe

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No Undocumented Child Left Behind

Michael A. Olivas

NYU Press

This chapter discusses various problems and issues that have arisen in the actual implementation of the decision. No case is self-implementing, and additional litigation, advocacy, and monitoring have been needed to continue the holding. Examples of such problems have included the involvement of undocumented parents in schools, identification of children in the absence of Social Security numbers (SSNs), and attendance zones and school district borders. Remarkable support for these children and their school enrollment has developed, with a number of states enacting protective measures. There have also been restrictionist responses, such as California’s Proposition 187, most of which was struck down by MALDEF lawyers. The decision has also withstood federal attempts to overturn it, such as the Gallegly amendment. In the 30-plus years since the decision was handed down, it has proven to be resilient and is still in force.

Keywords:   enrollment, attendance zones, borders, identification, parental involvement, undocumented

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