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On Equal Terms: The Constitutional Politics of Educational Opportunity


reviewed by Michael Rebell — 2002

coverTitle: On Equal Terms: The Constitutional Politics of Educational Opportunity
Author(s): Douglas S. Reed
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 0691088462, Pages: 256, Year: 2001
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In 1973, the United States Supreme Court dealt the civil rights movement a harsh blow when it decided in Rodriguez v. San Antonio Independent School District that education was not a "fundamental interest" under the federal constitution. The Court refused to invalidate Texas’ system of school financing, even after noting that schools in poor, predominantly minority districts were able to spend only half as much on their students as schools in affluent white communities. Civil rights advocates at the time had anticipated a victory in Rodriguez as a critical next step in realizing the vision of Brown v. Board of Education, since initial attempts to desegregate the public schools had made clear that equal education opportunity could not be realized without sufficient funding for schools attended by poor and minority students. The federal courts’ abandonment of fiscal equity reform relegated any possibility of legal advances in this area to the state courts. But resort to state courts traditionally had been shunned by civil rights attorneys because of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 986-989
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10854, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:34:39 PM

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