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Let’s Talk : L atinos and the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools. Miren Uriarte, PhD University of Massachusetts Boston m iren.uriarte@umb.edu This presentation is part of a larger work entitled “ What Makes Change? Bilingual Education in the Boston Public Schools, 1971- 2010”. .

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let s talk l atinos and the desegregation of the boston public schools

Let’s Talk:Latinos and the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools

Miren Uriarte, PhD

University of Massachusetts Boston

miren.uriarte@umb.edu

This presentation is part of a larger work entitled “What Makes Change?Bilingual Education in the Boston Public Schools, 1971-2010”.

c hildren out of school1
Children out of school

3d of Spanish speakers out of school

Taylor, F

Boston Globe (1960-1981); Nov 19, 1970; pg. 3

when phase 2 starts
When Phase 2 starts…
  • Safety
  • Assignment
    • Latinos were considered “other minority”
      • used to racially balance heavily black or heavily white schools without a clear pattern
  • Bilingual Education Programs
    • Clustering needed for bilingual programs
comit de padres en defensa de la educaci n biling e
Comité de Padres en Defensa de la EducaciónBilingüe
  • Plaintiff Intervener in the desegration case; continued in this role until the end of the court’s oversight in 1985
  • Vehicle for the inclusion of issues related to the rights of non-English speakers in the case
  • Focused on programmatic issues

“The Comité based its recommendations on educational, rather than racial grounds. It called assignments based on program need –bilingual education, in this case –as a first priority”. M Cohen, 7 parties file their ideas on school plan. The Boston Globe, Mar 4, 1975