2006 Archive

'Rethinking Rodriguez' Symposium Addresses Equal Educational Opportunity

Leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners will gather at a Boalt symposium on April 27 and 28 to explore the concept of a "fundamental right to education" for the nation's schoolchildren. More than 80 education experts from across the country are expected to attend "Rethinking Rodriguez: Education as a Fundamental Right." Sponsored by Boalt's new Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, the invitation-only event features presentations and discussion of commissioned papers covering such topics as school funding inequalities, legal and policy approaches to educational equity and adequacy, and the role of grassroots advocacy.

The symposium is part of a major research and public policy initiative recently launched at Boalt and supported by the Rosenberg Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. "Rethinking Rodriguez" seeks to address the distribution of educational opportunity in U.S. public schools against the backdrop of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez declaring that education is not a fundamental constitutional right. The project is co-directed by Professor Goodwin Liu and Dean Christopher Edley.

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