Mexican American students have a long and important presence in the educational system of the United States, particularly in the Southwest. The first large wave of Mexican migration to the United States began in the 1890s and has since steadily contributed to the American landscape, making them the largest immigrant group both historically and presently. As a result, Mexican American students across generations have influenced major sociopolitical events in education and continue to spark interest given their increasing percentages throughout the United States.


During the first half of the 20th century, Mexican American students experienced racial segregation in the public school system. “Mexican schools” were common throughout California and Texas and forced children of Latino and Mexican American descent to attend these schools. Government officials called ...

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