Sliding Towards Educational Outcomes: A New Remedy for Education Lawsuits in a Post-NCLB World
Christopher A. Suarez
Yale University - Law School
November 4, 2009
Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2010
Sheff v. O’Neill ushered in a new wave of education reform litigation that will challenge the constitutionality of de facto segregation under state education clauses, but its remedy has been inadequate. This Article proposes a new desegregation remedy - the sliding scale remedy - to address socioeconomic isolation in this unique constitutional context. The remedy employs varying degrees of equity power depending on students’ academic outcomes. It balances concerns over local control and separation of powers with the court’s need to effectuate rights, establishes a clear remedial principle, and ensures that states and school districts focus on students as they implement remedies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: education litigation, desegregation, school funding remedies, socioeconomic integration
JEL Classification: K10, K19
Date posted: November 4, 2009 ; Last revised: November 27, 2009
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