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The Story of San Antonio Independent School Dist. v. Rodriguez: School Finance, Local Control, and Constitutional Limits


Michael Heise


Cornell Law School

2007

Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-015

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Part of the Education Law Stories, this book chapter tells the story behind San Antonio Independent School Dist. v. Rodriguez. Mindful of the challenges incident to the federal courts' effort to dismantle de jure and de facto school segregation, the Rodriguez decision evidences reluctance by some of the Justices to become ensnarled in an effort to dismantle school finance systems in way that would affect an overwhelming majority of the nation's public schools. By side-stepping such a confrontation, Rodriguez implicitly reveals important aspects about the federal courts and, in particular, how the Justices view their role in our federal system and the Court's ability as an institution to achieve sought-after policy goals. These various stories and perspectives, separately and collectively, enrichen, fuel, and complicate Rodriguez's enduring and evolving legacy.

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Keywords: education, school desegregation, legal impact, constitutional law

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Date posted: August 15, 2007  

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Heise, Michael, The Story of San Antonio Independent School Dist. v. Rodriguez: School Finance, Local Control, and Constitutional Limits (2007). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-015. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1006743 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1006743

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