On November 8th, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 58, a landmark victory marking the end of a 20-year ban on bilingual education in California. Less than a year later, on the same day that President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, a federal judge ruled that Arizona's ban on Mexican-American studies programs in public schools was unconstitutional. How did elected officials, students, and advocates succeed in challenging anti-immigrant education policies in the midst of a hostile political climate? Join Education and Law Society for a panel to learn more about these critical victories and successful strategies to protect students’ rights to bilingual and culturally-responsive education programs, and the challenges that still lie ahead.
Shelley Spiegel-Coleman from Californians Together, a statewide coalition that advocates for the rights of English Language Learners
Professor Robert Chang, Seattle University School of Law and pro-bono counsel on the Tucson Mexican-American Studies case
Professor Patricia Gándara, UCLA School of Education and Civil Rights Project.
Moderator: Professor Rachel F. Moran