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Document Details


Title: Cárdenas, José
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Mr. Cárdenas elaborates upon the purposes, history, and activities of the Inter-cultural Development Research Association (IDRA) that he founded in 1973. He details the history of Texas' public schools finance system which the courts ruled was racially biased and inherently unconstitutional. He provides overview of the many court cases on school finance and desegregation and tells how he was involved in many of the litigation suits. Mr. Cárdenas discusses school finance equity, desegregation of schools, bilingual education, and race discrimination practices in public schools and institutions of higher education in Texas. He talks about his efforts to develop educational continuity programs for children of migrant workers in Texas and the difficult struggle he faced trying to win recognition by state authorities that the need existed and should be provided. Mr. Cárdenas explains how Texas' current system for requiring accountability by students through its TAAS tests is flawed. He talks about his educational background, his professional preparation and participation in the field of education, and he gives details regarding the contributions he has made throughout his career for better and more equitable educational opportunities for Texas' children.
Extent: 104 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_069.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Cardenas, Jose Angel
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Educator
Document location: San Antonio, TX
Document date: 20-Jun-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Children; Education; Education, Bilingual; Education, Higher; Finance; Migrant agricultural laborers; North America; Oral history; Public schools; Racism; San Antonio, TX; School administrators; School integration; Texas; Texas Assessment of Academic Skills; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000189-134