Providing K-12 Education; Taxes and Money

Section 1, Fall 16

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/13
Credits: 3

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 Requirements

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Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: 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.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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