March 4th 2018 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”
– Rodriguez vs Texas Schools, The Issue With Public School Funding –
In 1973, a Texas Supreme Court effectively ruled, “education was not a fundamental right,” protected under the 14th amendment.
The 14th amendment, Article 1, states;
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This amendment is known as, “the equal protection clause,” and it deems any American citizen, born in the US, is equally protected under the law.
Now, with that being said, under the premise of, “equal constitutional protection,” a family in Texas sued the public school system, in 1973. This lawsuit was brought forth by the Rodriguez family, who believed that their school was inequitable, in comparison to other nearby public schools.
The exact differences, between the schools, is listed below: Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Antonio_Independent_School_District_v._Rodriguez
- Classroom space: North East had 70.36 square feet (6.537 m2) per student; Edgewood had 50.4 square feet (4.68 m2) per student
- Library books: North East had 9.42 books per student; Edgewood had 3.9 books per student
- Teacher/Pupil Ratio: North East’s ratio was 1/19; Edgewood’s was 1/28
- Counselor/Pupil Ratio: North East’s was 1/1,553 children; Edgewood’s was 1/5,672 (the nearby Alamo Heights district had a 1/1,319 ratio)
As you can see, there are differences in the high school’s funding, but the premise of this case, basically lays the foundation for how public schools are still funded today.
In a 5-4 decision…… the Supreme Court held that education was NOT a fundamental right, and that public school funding, could be based on regional tax revenues.
Think about what that means. Think about the ramifications, of this landmark decision….
This case basically lays the foundation for, “systemic class-ism,” and, “systemic poverty,” in public schools today….
And I feel that way, because funding certain schools, greater than other schools, based on local tax codes, essentially indoctrinates poorer school districts with the concept of poverty…. from the onset of childhood development…..
Now…. with that being said, I don’t think funding is entirely the problem either.
Imagine, if public school students posted all of their essays online, K-12. This practice could illustrate student’s progress and create, “full transparency,” in public schools. “No Child Left Behind,” has already worked to curtail some of the negative side effects from under financed public schools, but this solution is not enough…. So, what other low cost solutions are there?… I personally believe America should start, by acknowledging the problem and maybe posting every student’s work online, for public display… from K through 12.
-William Larsen, Civilians News