Graduation Year


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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Nancy Neiman

Reader 2

Thomas Kim

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In the 1970s there was hope and potential for racial equality in every aspect of our society, but particularly to equalize education for low-income students of color. Momentum from the Civil Rights Movement and California’s unprecedented decision in Serrano v. Priest made it seem like racist policies were a thing of the past and true equality was within reach. Yet, today we see an educational system that is more segregated than ever with low-income students of color being systematically excluded from a quality education. Three neoliberal policies, conservative tax reform, education reform, and the fiscalization of land, arose in the 1970s and worked in conjunction to mutually reinforce the unequal results of segregation, redlining, and white privilege. They failed to remedy and exacerbated why those students are and continue to be in these disadvantaged positions. In this thesis I explore how conservative tax policy, education reform, and the new redlining of restrictive access to affordable housing continue to work together in conjunction to form incredibly unequal access to education in California.