School Finance, Race, and Reparations

Forthcoming, Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice

62 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2021

See all articles by Preston Green

Preston Green

University of Connecticut

Bruce D. Baker

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway

Joseph Oluwole

Montclair State University

Date Written: January 14, 2021

Abstract

In this article we explain why and how school finance reform should be a part of a reparations program for Black Americans. This article proceeds in six parts. Part I explains how Black-white school funding disparities occurred during the separate-but-equal era. Part II discusses how these funding disparities have occurred in the aftermath of the Brown decision. Parts III and IV explore why school desegregation and school finance litigation, respectively, have failed to remedy these gaps. Part V lays out a reparations framework that state legislatures could adopt to provide restitution to schools and taxpayers harmed by state policies creating Black-white racial funding disparities. Part VI discusses the role that the federal government could play in a school finance reparations program.

Suggested Citation

Green, Preston and Baker, Bruce D. and Oluwole, Joseph, School Finance, Race, and Reparations (January 14, 2021). Forthcoming, Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3766279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3766279

Preston Green (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut ( email )

Bruce D. Baker

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway ( email )

94 Rockafeller Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

Joseph Oluwole

Montclair State University ( email )

Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
537
Abstract Views
3,618
rank
71,428
PlumX Metrics