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Dr. José E. Vega Bilingual Education Recordings

Identifier: 2017-043

This collection consists of 26 audio cassettes created as part of José E. Vega's doctoral research on the passage of bilingual education legislation in Texas from 1969 to 1973 as well as follow-up research on bilingual education legislation introduced from 1975 to 1981. Recorded content includes senate committee hearings, personal notes, and interviews with legislators and administrators involved in bilingual education legislation in Texas. Topics discussed include the passage and implementation of bilingual education legislation, lobbying efforts, the role of the Texas Education Agency, the influence of federal initiatives and court rulings, the increase of Mexican American political clout, and the consequences of the Sharpstown Scandal. Materials are arranged by date.


  • 1975-1979
  • Majority of material found in 1979

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26 audiocassettes

Biographical Information

Dr. José E. Vega completed his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 where he studied Bilingual, Multilingual and Multicultural Education. From 1988 to 2012, Vega was a professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

In 1983 he published, "Education, Politics, and Bilingualism in Texas".

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, Rodolfo Rodríguez, "Bilingual Education," accessed December 15, 2017, Vega, José E. Education, Politics, and Bilingualism in Texas. Washington, D. C.: University Press of America, Inc., 1983.

Acquisition Information

Collection materials were donated to Special Collections by Dr. José E. Vega in February 2017.

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