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American Studies 10 11/2/09 Private Wealth, Public Schools: Education as a Federal Constitutional Right? I. Introduction A. Overall spending on education in the U.S. in historical and comparative international perspective B. Educational (as opposed to social welfare spending) as a reflection of a dominant ideology in the U.S. (in contrast to European countries) about equality of opportunity C. How overall spending on education in the U.S. masks profound inequalities that have existed historically in spending across school districts within states and across states – how this connects to the theme of local control of schools in American educational history II. Launching San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1968) A. Demetrio Rodriguez and the Edgewood District Concerned Parents Association Class action suit in name of Demetrio Rodriguez Idea was to challenge heavily property tax based system This tax based system created profound inequality in school districts Rodriguez was 42 years old, served in both WWII Navy, Korean War Air Force School districts might argue that opponents were for socialism, so they had Rodriguez as name b/c he was in armed forces Rodriguez attended school in San Antonio until he was drafted into Navy
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