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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
It is well known among educational researchers that pervasive segregation of blacks and underepresentation [underrepresentation] of Mexican Americans in higher education continues to this day, although these practices and policies violate federal law. A recent study by the Tomas Rivera Center for Policy Studies found that the state of Texas failed during the five years of its Equal Educational Opportunity Plan for Higher Education to eliminate the disparities in its system and improve the educational experiences of minorities. The structural dimensions of educational policy have a long and tumultuous history. Moreover, the notion that Mexican American parents care little for their children's education lingers in the social attitudes of most Americans and in particular, policymakers. This factor exists today, in part, because social science has ignored the educational experiences of Mexican American students and the response to these experiences by the community.
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