Framing Equal Opportunity: Law and the Politics of School Finance Reform

Framing Equal Opportunity: Law and the Politics of School Finance Reform

by Michael Paris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804763534

ISBN-13: 9780804763530

Pub. Date: 01/01/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In the struggle to ensure that schools receive their fair share of financial and educational resources, reformers translate policy goals into legal claims in a number of different ways. This enlightening new work uncovers the options reformers have in framing legal challenges and how the choices they make affect politics and policy beyond the courtroom.

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In the struggle to ensure that schools receive their fair share of financial and educational resources, reformers translate policy goals into legal claims in a number of different ways. This enlightening new work uncovers the options reformers have in framing legal challenges and how the choices they make affect politics and policy beyond the courtroom.

Focusing on two of the most controversial and far-reaching court decisions in the nation in school finance and education reform, Framing Equal Opportunity follows lawyers and activists in New Jersey and Kentucky as they negotiate the complicated political terrain of educational change in their respective states. Unlike other books on law and reform, this work emphasizes the importance of legal translation—the process through which reformers transform their visions and goals into plausible legal claims. As it reveals, the kinds of arguments lawyers choose to make matter not only to their success in the courtroom, but also to the nature of the political fights they face in the community at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804763530
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................1
1 Legal Mobilization Theory and Legal Translation: Old Territory and New Frontiers....................13
2 School Finance Reform and Educational Ideology: A Guide to Law, Politics, and Policy....................35
3 Egalitarianism Made Legal: From Robinson to Abbott....................61
4 The Fruits of Their Labors: The Compensatory Vision Ascendant....................93
5 From Legalism to Political Engagement: Backlash, Perseverance, and a Culture of Argument (Without End)....................125
6 The Common School in Law and Politics: The Democratic Road to Rose v. Council for Better Education....................165
7 Rose v. Council for Better Education: Kentucky's Brown v. Board....................191
Conclusion....................219
Acknowledgments....................237
Abbreviations....................241
Notes....................243
References....................283
Index....................315

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