Thursday, July 07, 2005

Education seriously at the brink

The state of education in Texas goes in trial this month -- literally. And judging by the news outlets that picked up the story (the Guardian and the Washington Post to name two), you'll be hearing quite a bit about it.

At stake: whether or not the state's $33 billion per year (figure include state and local funds) education system is adequate, equitable, and efficient. If it fails on any of those counts (and the court will consider facilities, too) then the Supreme Court will likely rule that the system is unconstitutional and order the Legislature to fix it.

It is highly unlikely they will prescribe a remedy, a la New Jersey. It is also highly unlikely that they will rule (as the state's attorneys urged them to do in opening arguments) that the question is non justiciable (a la Illinois, Florida, Rhode Island and others). They will probably rule that "yes, the system is constitutional", or "no, it is not."

Each states' constitution says something different. In Texas, the Legislature must make "suitable provision" for "an efficient system" of education that provides " a general diffusion of knowledge." No specifics were given by the post-Reconstruction framers and so the court must decide what exactly the standards for those phrases are.

But hey, we luuuuuvvvv standards in Texas, right?


Blogger Superdestroyer said...

Didn't you skip over the part where LULAC and the ACLU is arguing that no school in Texas can be any better than the most poorly run school?

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