THE NEXT BIG DIVIDE?

BLACKS AND HISPANICS SQUARE OFF OVER BILINGUAL EDUCATION--AND FOR CONTROL OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Here is the kind of scene that probably won't be discussed before the President's advisory board on race relations: in California's working-class town of East Palo Alto, a group of Hispanic parents went before the black-controlled school board last April to demand better bilingual education for their children. Before the meeting ended, police had to be called in to break up a fight between two participants: one a Latina and the other an African-American woman who had told her to "go back to Mexico."

Until now, the racial issue in public education has been sorting out the competing claims of white...

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