Plyler v. Doe
Learn more about the 1982 Supreme Court decision which declared that undocumented children are entitled to a free public education
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Equity & Diversity Scholar Calls Plyler v. Doe Ruling 'Resilient'
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Education The Supreme Court's Decision in Plyler v. Doe
Following are excerpts from the Supreme Court's opinion in Plyler v. Doe, the Texas case on the education of illegal-alien children. The majority opinion, excerpts of which begin on this page, was written by Associate Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Section I of the opinion, which gives the background of the case, was omitted. The full text of the dissent, written by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, follows.
In the text, 21.031 refers to the Texas statute allowing school districts to charge tuition to illegal-alien children. One asterisk [
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