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Teaching Immigrant Students—A Brief History

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on March 02, 2017

Discussions about education in America can become heated when they involve the topic of immigrant students. One particular issue that is spoken about is whether or not students with undocumented status take away the valued education that American-born citizens should be ensured by using up the already limited public school resources. Despite the perennial political debate throughout the years, the historical Supreme Court case in 1982 known as Plyler v Doe cemented a law that states "any resources which might be saved from excluding undocumented children from public schools were far outweighed by the harms imposed on society at large from denying them an education." This court ruling was strengthened further  by its citation of  the 14th amendment, which states "no state shall...deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

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Topics: teaching immigrant students, history of immigration and education, immigration and education policy, educating immigrant students, immigrant students and education

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