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The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies


reviewed by Melissa Lazarin — May 28, 2009

coverTitle: The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies
Author(s): Patricia Gándara and Frances Contreras
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 067403127X, Pages: 432, Year: 2009
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The strength of our nation and its place in a competitive, global economy will in large part depend on future educational outcomes among Latino students. With the rapidity in which America’s largest minority population is growing, The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies by Patricia Gándara and Frances Contreras sounds the alarm on the weak state of Latino student achievement. The Latino Education Crisis tracks the missed opportunities for Latino students along the educational pipeline and across various social contexts, including the role of family, communities, and poverty. The book is easily among the most comprehensive resources on Latino education today. Gándara and Contreras directly confront the common tendency to attribute the Latino achievement gap to the influx of new, low-skilled immigrants, and turn it on its head. Pointing to research that has revealed that some immigrants outperform native-born students of the same ethnicity, the authors argue that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 28, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15643, Date Accessed: 11/28/2014 11:57:06 PM

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  • Melissa Lazarin
    Center for American Progress
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    MELISSA LAZARIN is Associate Director of Education Policy at the Center for American Progress where she focuses on high school reform, expanding learning time, standards, and education issues related to Latinos and English language learners. Prior to joining the Center, Melissa served as Director of Education Policy at First Focus, a national children’s advocacy organization, where she worked to advance federal legislation related to high school reform, early childhood education, educational opportunities for immigrants, and the impact of immigration enforcement on children of immigrants.
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