Sliding Towards Educational Outcomes: A New Remedy for Education Lawsuits in a Post-NCLB World

43 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2009 Last revised: 27 Nov 2009

Christopher A. Suarez

Yale University - Law School

Date Written: November 4, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: education litigation, desegregation, school funding remedies, socioeconomic integration

JEL Classification: K10, K19

Suggested Citation

Suarez, Christopher A., Sliding Towards Educational Outcomes: A New Remedy for Education Lawsuits in a Post-NCLB World (November 4, 2009). Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1500049

Christopher Alan Suarez (Contact Author)

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

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