Law: Aliens in School

Court upholds their rights

For years, illegal Mexican immigrants have provided a pool of cheap labor in and around Tyler, Texas (pop. 70,500). They have also sent their children free to the local public schools. But in 1977 these parents got some bad news: their children could attend school only if they paid $1,000 annual tuition. Texas had passed a law cutting off the state's share of the costs of educating such children. Some of the parents, although leery of drawing governmental attention to their unlawful presence, asked the federal courts to intervene. Last week, expressing skepticism about any law "directing the...

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