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Michael Rebell Updates Seminal Book, Courts and Kids

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Published: 4/16/2015 9:08:00 AM

Rebell found that in recent years, in new cases, the courts have been less likely to rule in favor of the plaintiffs. However, courts have consistently enforced compliance with constitutional requirements established in previous cases. There have been 13 court decisions so far that have challenged post-recession reductions in state funding as violating students’ educational rights established in previous court rulings, and plaintiffs have won every one of these decisions. 

Reflecting on these trends, Rebell concludes that although courts must take economic and political realities into account, this reconsideration should not, and need not, limit or neglect the constitutional rights of millions of school children. During difficult economic times particularly, a firm judicial stance is needed to protect these rights.

For the supplement, click here.