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On Equal Terms: The Constitutional Politics of Educational Opportunity / Edition 1
     

On Equal Terms: The Constitutional Politics of Educational Opportunity / Edition 1

by Douglas S. Reed
 

ISBN-10: 069111370X

ISBN-13: 9780691113708

Pub. Date: 04/07/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Since Brown v. Board of Education and the desegregation battles of the 1960s and 1970s, the legal pursuit of educational opportunity in the United States has been framed largely around race. But for nearly thirty years now, a less-noticed but controversial legal campaign has been afoot to equalize or improve the resources of poorly funded schools. This book

Overview

Since Brown v. Board of Education and the desegregation battles of the 1960s and 1970s, the legal pursuit of educational opportunity in the United States has been framed largely around race. But for nearly thirty years now, a less-noticed but controversial legal campaign has been afoot to equalize or improve the resources of poorly funded schools. This book examines both the consequences of efforts to use state constitutional provisions to reduce the "resource segregation" of American schools and the politics of the opposition to these decisions.

On Equal Terms compares the relative success of school finance lawsuits to the project of school desegregation and explores how race and class present sharply different obstacles to courts. Since a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively deferred to the states in the matter of educational equity, about a third of state judiciaries have mandated reform of state-level educational funding systems. Douglas Reed analyzes both the rhetoric of reform and the varying effects of these controversial decisions while critiquing the courts' failure to more clearly define educational equity.

Well-written with keen insight throughout, the book concludes with an intriguing policy proposal that acknowledges obstacles to such efforts. This proposal aims to enhance education by fostering racial and economic integration locally. Setting the stage for a more coherent debate on this controversial issue and expanding our understanding of constitutional design, On Equal Terms will have far-reaching implications for law, public policy, politics, and not least, the future of American education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691113708
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/07/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,010,003
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS lx
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
INTRODUCTION xiii
PART I RACE, CLASS, AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
CHAPTER 1. Courts and Educational Opportunity: The Movement from Race to Class 3
CHAPTER 2. The Judicial Impact on School Finance Reform 15
CHAPTER 3. Race, Class, and the Limits of Justice 36
PART II THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDERING OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
CHAPTER 4. How Does a Constitution Mean? Constitutional Ordering and the Lessons of Educational Opportunity 53
CHAPTER 5. A Bounded Ambition: The Judicial Ordering of Educational Opportunity 65
CHAPTER 6. The Public's Opinion: Understanding Public Commitments toward Educational Opportunity 92
CHAPTER 7. Regimes of Inequality: The Organization of Educational Politics 125
CHAPTER 8. Conclusion: Constituting Education in America 163
APPENDIXES 18
NOTES 191
BIBLIOGRAPHY 217
INDEX 229

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