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A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson


This book brings together an array of leading scholars to engage three critical questions surrounding the current debate over a federal right to education. First, should the United States recognize such a right? The authors of part 1 collectively answer this question as they weigh the arguments for and against. They paint a picture of crippling inequality within our schools—sharing accounts of massive racial and socioeconomic disparities along the way—which compels them to form a nearly unanimous consensus that a federal right to education would reap important benefits for all students. But ev ... More

Keywords: federal right to education, opportunity gap, achievement gap, Constitution, constitutional amendment, inequalityevidence-based reforms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479893287
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479893287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, editor
University of Virginia School of Law

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Front Matter


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Part I Why the United States Should (or Should Not) Consider Recognizing a Federal Right to Education

Part II How the United States Could Recognize a Federal Right to Education

7 A Congressional Right to Education

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8 No Time to Lose

Southern Education Foundation

Part III What a Federal Right to Education Should Guarantee


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Congressman Robert C.“Bobby” Scott of Virginia