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A Federal Right to EducationFundamental Questions for Our Democracy$
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Kimberly Jenkins Robinson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479893287

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479893287.001.0001

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The Essential Questions Regarding a Federal Right to Education

(p.1) Introduction
A Federal Right to Education

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson

NYU Press

In this introduction, Kimberly Jenkins Robinson explains that despite some gains from state school finance litigation, educational opportunity and achievement gaps remain prevalent throughout the United States. To address these enduring gaps, many scholars have argued that the United States should recognize a federal right to education, despite the United States Supreme Court’s refusal to recognize this right in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez. It also is important to note that after decades in state court litigation, advocates have recently returned to federal court to argue for a federal right to education. Therefore, this introduction outlines that the book takes up three timely and essential questions regarding a federal right to education: Should the United States consider recognizing a federal right to education? How could the United States recognize such a right? And what should the right guarantee? The introduction concludes with a summary of each chapter.

Keywords:   opportunity gap, achievement gap, Supreme Court, Rodriguez, federal right to education, state school finance litigation

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