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From Community Control to Consent Decree: Puerto Ricans Organizing for Education and Language Rights in 1960s and '70s New York City

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Author(s): Anthony De Jesús | Madeline Pérez

Journal: Centro Journal
ISSN 1538-6279

Volume: 21;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Using literature review, archival analysis, and interviews this article describes major events, organizations, and individuals who advanced the educational rights of Puerto Ricans in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. The post-WWII migration of Puerto Ricans introduced a new political battleground to the city's schools-that of language rights, which were linked to the continuing struggle over the governance of public schooling in a multiracial, multicultural, and multilingual city and nation. The organizing and political activity of Puerto Ricans during this period resulted in unprecedented policies, structures, and institutions designed to fully incorporate them into the economic and political life of the city.

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