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Essay Review: The Schoolhouse and the Courthouse

by Michael A. Rebell - December 04, 2009

Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses: Solving the Funding-Achievement Puzzle in America’s Public Schools Eric A. Hanushek and Alfred A. Lindseth. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009, ISBN978-0-691-13000-2 From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education Joshua M. Dunn and Martin R. West, eds. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Press/Fordham Institute, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8157-0307-5 These two books are the latest in a recent series of ideologically charged writings that challenge the legitimacy of the substantial role the courts have come to play in educational policy matters and assert that judicial intervention has largely been a failure in terms of producing gains in student achievement.1 The widespread involvement of both the federal and state courts in educational policy matters began more than 50 years ago as a direct result of Brown v. Board of the Education, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision outlawing school desegregation.  Brown initiated a new model of public law litigation, in accordance with which both... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 04, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15863, Date Accessed: 1/24/2021 2:37:52 PM

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  • Michael Rebell
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    MICHAEL A. REBELL is Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.
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