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Feinberg, Joseph R.; Doppen, Frans H.; Hollstein, Matthew S. – Social Education, 2014
When the Texas state legislature passed a law in the 1970s allowing school districts to deny enrollment or charge tuition to illegal immigrant children, the Tyler Independent School District instituted a $1,000 tuition rate for illegal immigrant children. Sixteen undocumented children from four Mexican families in Tyler filed a class-action suit…
Descriptors: Immigration, Court Litigation, Undocumented Immigrants, School Districts
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Weiner, Mark S. – Social Education, 2010
At the heart of the Western intellectual tradition, particularly the value it places on the critical analysis of civic life, or social studies, lies the story of a trial. If the story of a trial lies at the root of social studies, then it comes as no surprise that many teachers find that trials can serve as excellent teaching tools, especially for…
Descriptors: Criticism, Teachers, Social Studies, Organizational Objectives
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Landman, James H. – Social Education, 2004
On May 17, 2004, the United States will observe the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. By invalidating the doctrine of "separate but equal" in the field of public education, a doctrine that had been approved by the same court nearly sixty years earlier in Plessy…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, United States History, Desegregation Litigation, School Segregation
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Chism, Kahlil; Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2004
The Supreme Court's opinion in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case legally ended decades of racial segregation in America's public schools. Originally named after Oliver Brown, the first of many plaintiffs listed in the lower court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, the landmark decision actually resolved five separate…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, African American Students, School Segregation, Racial Segregation
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Hirshman, Linda R. – Social Education, 1973
The women's movement has helped define and has in turn been shaped by the basic constitutional concepts of the privileges of a citizen, the equal protection of the laws and the limited powers of the government. (Author)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Feminism, Laws, Legal Responsibility
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Miles, E. W. – Social Education, 1973
A review of the constitutional promises to black people, early congressional efforts to fulfill these promises, early court cases construing the Fourteenth Amendment and the impact of these decisions along with their subsequent overruling. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Black History, Blacks, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Legislation