Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Timeline of Events

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-24

Time magazine has called the continuing racial segregation of U.S. public schools one of the most underreported news stories of our time (Fitzpatrick 2009). While it is historically viewed as an African American/White issue, Latinos1 are now in fact more segregated than African Americans in southern...

Part I: Contextualizing Educational Inequality

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Chapter 1. White/Latino School Resegregation, the Deprioritization of Integration, and Prospects for a Future of Shared, High-Quality Education

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pp. 27-55

Why, from an equal educational opportunity perspective, should there be any significant concern about the school segregation of Latino youth? What does racial balance have to do with effective, equity-based schooling practice? To understand how Latino school segregation constitutes such a potent...

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Chapter 2. Historicizing Educational Politics in Pleasanton Valley

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pp. 56-90

The first buses appear at the gated entrance of Allenstown High School just before 7 a.m., beginning their winding quarter-mile journey up to the center of the campus. The hilly ascent provides views of well-groomed athletic fields and an expansive, naturally terraced forest of redwood and juniper that rises...

Part II: The Origins and Development of the Allenstown School District Secession Campaign

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Chapter 3. Latino Empowerment and Institutional Amnesia at Allenstown High

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pp. 93-139

Two events in 1987 marked a significant transformation in the political landscape of Pleasanton Valley. The first was a voting rights lawsuit brought against the city of Farmingville by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), challenging the legitimacy of the city’s at-large municipal...

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Chapter 4. The Road from Dissent to Secession

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pp. 140-163

The Proposition 187-inspired student walkouts across Pleasanton Valley schools precipitated a series of negative responses from citizens in both Farmingville and Allenstown. Included was an animation of latent anger among some White residents in Farmingville who expressed, publicly and...

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Chapter 5. Race and School District Secession: Allenstown's District Reorganization Campaign, 1995–2004

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pp. 164-182

When the Allenstown secession campaign went public in the spring of 1995, it was led primarily by a group of Allenstown parents and concerned citizens rather than any teacher or student groups in the district. Support within the larger Allenstown community was substantial. Within a few...

Part III: Attempts to Make High-Quality, Shared Schooling Work

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Chapter 6. Cinco de Mayo, Normative Whiteness, and the Marginalization of Mexican-Descent Students at Allenstown High

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pp. 185-212

Between the period of crisis at Allenstown High in the mid-1990s and when I began my school-based research several years later, a number of positive changes were made at the school. The “guidance tech” system was replaced with a counseling office that included four full-time counselors, three of whom...

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Chapter 7. Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Emergence of Progressive, Latino-Led Coalitions for School Reform

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pp. 213-235

“We are here today to declare a state of emergency for our young people and our education system,” yelled Farmingville High School teacher Amanda Jenkins, via megaphone, from the interior of the gazebo in Farmingville’s central plaza. “We’re here today to work for equal rights for the young people...

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Conclusion: Signifying Chavez

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pp. 236-250

Just months before the highly publicized denouement of the Allenstown secession campaign, the PVUSD school board met for the ceremonial and seemingly mundane task of naming the its long-awaited third high school. Controversy had been sparked weeks earlier when a district-appointed citizens'...

Notes

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pp. 251-260

Bibliography

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pp. 261-274

Index

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pp. 275-278

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 279-280

Since beginning work on this book nearly a decade ago, I have experienced a number of circumstances—personal and professional—that have interrupted my capacity to see this project through to publication. It is only now, in the conclusive act of writing these acknowledgments, that...