The Law in Education – Plyler v Doe – Podcast Episode 224 | Classnotes Podcast 224
Classnotes Podcast (June 27, 2022). In one of those last-minute backdoor tricks, an amendment was slipped through the Texas Legislature without debate in 1975 setting off a chain of events that shoved a specific selection of children out of school. Undocumented immigrant children were suddenly excluded from education. In multiple school districts, with the help of advocates, brave parents took a stand, risking their own futures to secure their children’s.
IDRA provided extensive information for one of the first court cases dealing with the education of undocumented children in Texas, Doe v. Plyler (1978). IDRA founder, Dr. José A. Cárdenas served as an expert witness for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) during the trial in Tyler, and IDRA’s retired director of policy, Dr. Albert Cortez, testified in the Houston and Dallas court cases.
With 2022 being the 40th anniversary of the Plyler v Doe U.S. Supreme Court ruling, IDRA chief legal analyst, Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., invited Dr. Cortez to a conversation about the ruling. In this episode that continues our series on the law in education, they discuss the history of the case, the plaintiffs, the arguments, and the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Show length: 47:01 min
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Video version of this interview: Plyler v Doe at 40 – Schooling Guaranteed for Immigrant Children
Plyler v Doe – The Law in Education, IDRA webpage with history and resources
Welcoming Immigrant Students in School infographic (English/Spanish)
IDRA “Education of Immigrant Children” web page with tools for schools and advocates:
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