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Castañeda v. Pickard
Transcript of Castañeda v. Pickard
Mrs. Pickard president of Raymondville Independent School District (RISD) of Texas (Defendent) When and where? Case tried on August 17, 1978.
Appealed June 23, 1981.
Tried in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Appealed in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Why was it significant? At the time there was nothing to really measure if programs to assist ELL's in their learning were actually working. There is no point in having the programs if they aren't helping students break down that language barrier so that they can have and equal opportunity to learn. What happened? 1) Mexican American parents (Castaneda) felt that the RISD was violating his children's rights.
2) The rights he thought were being violated were:
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Equal Education Opportunities Act 1974- states aren't allowed to exclude students the right to equal education based on race, color, sex, or national origin.
3) How were the children's rights violated?
The district used a system called ability tracking which basically groups students based on their "abilities". The school district was thought to have used this system to place all of the Mexican American students into a group. They also had discriminated against hiring Mexican American individuals for their staff, the % of the ethnic group was very low.
4) Last they didn't develop bilingual programs to assist ELL's. Impact on ELL's This impacted the ELL's positively. School Districts have to make sure their ELL programs are doing what they are suppose to do which is break down the language barrier so that the ELL's can get the same education as the students whose primary language is English. It impacts teachers because the ELL programs make sure that as teachers you do everything in your power to help all students get the best education they can. This impacted the standards of bilingual programs by asking that school districts meet standards in place to create an effective bilingual program Jennifer Medina Mayra Palomo