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Document Details


Title: Gonzalez, Angel
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: González talks about his family history and genealogy. He shares memories of his childhood years including experiences in schools. He comments on his early career in education as a public school coach and relates the circumstances that led to his appointment as an elementary school principal. He gives details about his employment with the Texas Education Agency, the Dallas Independent School District, Houston Independent School District, Crystal City Independent School District, and the Office of Education for Bilingual Education in Washington, D.C. González discusses various issues and difficulties associated with the implementation of Bilingual Education programs in Texas. He also talks about problems associated with financing bilingual education programs and lack of monitoring of school districts to enforce court mandates to provide bilingual education for limited English speaking students. González discusses the different types of bilingual education approaches used by school districts, and he tells about the role that race discrimination plays in deciding which definition is selected to define any given bilingual education program. He elaborates upon the multiple difficulties that he experienced while serving as Superintendent of Crystal City schools. González talks about the role he played in bringing about the decriminalization of using Spanish as the language of instruction in the schools. He provides details about his indictment on fraud charges, his trial, the trial outcome, and the financial hardships he faced.
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_029.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Gonzalez, Angel, 1929-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 18-Nov-1929
Speaker place of birth: Edinburg, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Educator
Age at speaking: 67
Document location: Dallas, TX
Document date: 01-Jul-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: Austin, TX; Crystal City, TX; Dallas, TX; Edinburg, TX; Houston, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Austin, TX; Crystal City, TX; Dallas, TX; Edinburg, TX; Education; Education, Bilingual; Fraud; Houston, TX; Indictments; North America; Oral history; Public schools; Racism; School administrators; School boards; School districts; Students; Texas; Trials; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000206-151