Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute

2011 Book

Sat, June 2, 2012
2011 Book
Politics of Latino Education

In 2011, Teachers College Press published The Politics of Latino Education (co-edited by David L. Leal and Kenneth J. Meier). 

According to the press website:

"Education is one of the most important public policy issues facing Latinos in the United States today, but the political dynamics behind Latino school achievement and failure are often misunderstood—and at times, overlooked altogether. In twelve revealing essays, The Politics of Latino Education brings together 23 accomplished and influential voices to examine the political factors that shape the Latino educational experience. With a breadth of expertise no other volume can match, this resource:

  • Provides an authoritative introduction to the U.S. education policy process, as well as a specific survey of how that process relates to Latinos.
  • Covers a wide range of topics important to improving education for Latinos, including standardized testing, immigration, bilingual education, and the Latino education “pipeline.”
  • Incorporates a wealth of current statistical data, as well as qualitative research and firsthand experiences, to show how policy decisions actually play out in real classrooms.
  • Brings together experts from a wide range of perspectives within the fields of political science, public administration, and education.

David L. Leal is an Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin", Director of the UT Public Policy Institute, and Faculty Associate of the UT Center for Mexican American Studies. Kenneth J. Meier is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A & M University.

Contributors: Regina Branton, Gavin Dillingham, Carl Doerfler, Johanna Dunaway, Jay P. Greene, Edmund “Ted” Hamann, Alisa Hicklin, Eric Gonzalez Juenke, Melissa Marschall, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Brendan D. Maxsey, Beth Miller, Jerry Polinard, Rene R. Rocha, Paru Shah, Kathleen (Kathy) Staudt, Angela Valenzuela, James P. Wenzel, Marcus A. Winters, and Robert D. Wrinkle


“The volume is an excellent contribution to existing literature, and Leal, Meier, and their contributors succeed in presenting thought provoking research to illuminate the central point that politics do indeed matter in the education of Latinos.”
Teachers College Record

“Latinos and politics each get short shrift in the mainstream literature on education, and the intersection between the two is shamefully under-researched. This volume lays a broad and uniquely empirical foundation for filling that gap.”
Jeffrey R. Henig, professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, co-author of The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education

The Politics of Latino Education is a thought-provoking collection of readings based on data analyzed by some of the leading scholars of education politics. They document the political challenges—and opportunities—facing Latino educational achievement. This is a must read for anyone interested in the (increasingly Latino) future of American education.”
Wilbur C. Rich, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science (Emeritus), Wellesley College

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