Should access to a public education be a constitutional right for all children?

Educationdive | January 28, 2019

Close to 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, the decision's implications are still a central topic of debate among educators, scholars, lawmakers and members of school communities across the U.S. Low-income parents in a Texas school district, which was not as well funded as neighboring affluent districts, filed the lawsuit in 1968 alleging that this inequity violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution's 14th Amendment. They argued the state's system — under which public schools rely on local property taxes as a source of revenue — meant poorer districts would inherently be disadvantaged. As a result, they said, the state's public education finance system violated the Equal Protection Clause and was unconstitutional. The court thought otherwise. In a narrow 5-4 ruling, it found that the Texas education funding formula resembled those of some other states and did not systematically put poorer communities at a disadvantage. In coming to this conclusion, the court held the view that in the Constitution, there is no fundamental right to an education.Since the 1972 ruling, the debate has remained very much alive, and almost all states have seen some kind of educational equity lawsuit. In 2016, Michigan schoolchildren argued in a federal lawsuit that a lack of state investment in Detroit schools obstructed their right to literacy — a pillar of education that some say is a federal right, but that others – including the district judge who dismissed the case — don't think is the case.

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For training to be effective, it’s essential we measure the achievement of learning outcomes through the course, along with learner performance.Learning analytics help measure the impact of training programs and can be enabled in 3 ways. Get started with learning analytics by following a simple 5-step process.When planning to incorporate learning analytics with microlearning, it pays to ask stakeholders pertinent questions about the micro assets.

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Elite Education Group International Limited | June 03, 2022

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Dictionary.com | October 19, 2021

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