Fall 2015
    Law No.: LAW9246
    Sched. No.: 115821265

Providing K-12 Education; Taxes and Money*
Section 1
Robinson, Mildred W.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):R, 1540-1740 (SL276)
Capacity:17 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**
Current Enrollment:10 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**

Course Description:


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The provision of k-12 education – primarily through the public section -- has been generally considered a fundamental “right.” Notwithstanding what we generally believe to be the centrality of an educated populace to effective democratic governance, the United States constitution does not provide for such a right. Rather, the states have become the forum in which the existence and meaning of this right has been and continues to be contested. The effort to determine just what this right (assuming its existence) entails has generated much turmoil and provides a rich area for study. The seminar will explore challenges in determining just what a “right” to k-12 education means. What do the federal and state constitutions provide and why does it matter? Are there any common threads? What explains states’ contradictory stances? Of equal importance, who pays (or should pay) for this public good and how? Other related issues may be addressed as they emerge.

Course Requirement:Students will be asked to contribute to maintaining a robust class discussion by researching and responding to a variety of questions including the following: the dimensions of the (constitutional?) right to an education on the state level; patterns in funding public education; pupil enrollment patterns and characteristics; interstate and intrastate funding disparities; inter-district funding disparities; state financial support; and federal support – both direct and indirect. Responses to these general discussion questions are expected but written responses will not be required. A substantial research paper is required to be submitted via LawWeb on or before 4:30 pm (EST) on the last day of the Fall examination period.
This course is on the approved upper-level writing requirement course list.