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A Federal Right to EducationFundamental Questions for Our Democracy$
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Kimberly Jenkins Robinson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479893287

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479893287.001.0001

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Latina/os and a Federal Right to Education

Latina/os and a Federal Right to Education

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A Federal Right to Education

Kevin R. Johnson

NYU Press

In this chapter, Kevin R. Johnson argues that Latina/os would benefit from a federal right to education as a means to supplement an array of litigation strategies that have failed to ensure equal educational opportunity for Latina/os. He argues the growth in the Latina/o population has been accompanied by widespread segregation of Latina/o students in schools across the country. Heavily Latina/o schools on the average are funded at significantly lower levels than predominantly white schools are, and educational outcomes for Latina/os on the average lag behind those of all other racial groups. Johnson contends that Latina/os, suffering from stark educational inequalities, need new legal mechanisms to secure equal education and concludes that Latina/os would benefit from a federal right to education.

Keywords:   Latinos, Latinas, education inequality, segregation, equal educational opportunity

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