Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts
  • Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts
  • Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts

Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts

by Michael A. Rebell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226706192

ISBN-13: 9780226706191

Pub. Date: 11/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Over the past thirty-five years, federal courts have dramatically retreated from actively promoting school desegregation. In the meantime, state courts have taken up the mantle of promoting the vision of educational equity originally articulated in Brown v. Board of Education. Courts and Kids is the first detailed analysis of why the state courts have

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Over the past thirty-five years, federal courts have dramatically retreated from actively promoting school desegregation. In the meantime, state courts have taken up the mantle of promoting the vision of educational equity originally articulated in Brown v. Board of Education. Courts and Kids is the first detailed analysis of why the state courts have taken on this active role and how successful their efforts have been.

Since 1973, litigants have challenged the constitutionality of education finance systems in forty-five states on the grounds that they deprive many poor and minority students of adequate access to a sound education. While the plaintiffs have won in the majority of these cases, the decisions are often branded “judicial activism”—a stigma that has reduced their impact. To counter the charge, Michael A. Rebell persuasively defends the courts’ authority and responsibility to pursue the goal of educational equity. He envisions their ideal role as supervisory, and in Courts and Kids he offers innovative recommendations on how the courts can collaborate with the executive and legislative branches to create a truly democratic educational system.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226706191
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface 
Introduction 
Chapter 1: Educational Policy Making and the Courts Chapter 2: The State Courts’ Active New Role Chapter 3: Defining Success in Sound Basic Education Litigations Chapter 4: Crafting Effective Remedies: Comparative Institutional Perspectives Chapter 5: Implementing Successful Remedies: A Model for Constitutional Compliance Chapter 6: Confronting the Political Realities Appendix: A Separation of Powers Dialogue

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