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Thu Apr 21, 2016, 08:23 AM

Students have no ‘right’ to quality education, CA state court rules

A divided state appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s anemic level of school funding does not violate students’ constitutional right to an education of “some quality” because no such right exists.

The 2-1 decision by the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld a judge’s dismissal of a suit filed by some of the state’s major participants in public education — school boards and administrators, the California Teachers Association and State PTA, and nine school districts, including San Francisco and Alameda. The plaintiffs argued that a state that trails nearly every other state in per-pupil spending, staffing and student achievement violates California’s 1879 constitutional guarantee of a school system that encourages “the promotion of intellectual ... improvement.”

Similar suits have been filed in other states, and a majority have been successful, with courts in at least six states finding that their school finance systems violated students’ rights. Last year, the Washington state Supreme Court held its Legislature in contempt for failing to increase funding and imposed a fine of $100,000 a day, which is still in effect.

But the San Francisco court said the right to a public education, guaranteed by the California Constitution, does not include a right to any particular level of educational quality or funding.

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http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Court-California-students-have-no-right-to-7278567.php

How nice of them to clarify this for the proles

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Reply Students have no ‘right’ to quality education, CA state court rules (Original post)
n2doc Apr 2016 OP
CompanyFirstSergeant Apr 2016 #1
Baobab May 2016 #8
2naSalit Apr 2016 #2
JayhawkSD Apr 2016 #3
n2doc Apr 2016 #4
JayhawkSD Apr 2016 #6
elleng Apr 2016 #5
JayhawkSD Apr 2016 #7

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 08:40 AM

1. What do you expect from a third world nation?

 

Of course if this were happening in America....

...the nation that manufactured enough ships and weapons to win World War II...

....gave itself less than ten years to send a man to the moon....

....and built the internet, then....

....there would be a solid right to an education.


But this story takes place in CAzakstan, so what do you expect???

What.... wait a minute....

This is happening in California...

Oh shit.....

Never mind.

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Response to CompanyFirstSergeant (Reply #1)

Mon May 2, 2016, 09:56 PM

8. GATS caused this mess, IMHO, and TISA is making it worse

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 09:28 AM

2. That's really messed up.....nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 09:55 AM

3. I agree that, perhaps, no such right exists, but, BUT...

 

...whether such a right exists or not, it is in the best interest of any society to provide such education, and deeply stupid not to. A well educated population makes better decisions regarding governance in a democracy, and creates a vastly highly greater level of prosperity in any economy which is not totalitarian.

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:00 AM

4. Depends on the society

Not in a totalitarian society. A poorly educated population is more easily led.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 12:11 AM

6. Way to miss the point.

 

What part of "best for the society" do you not get? That a society is more easily led is better for the oligarchy that "leads" it, but it most certainly is not better for the society itself.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 11:50 AM

5. This is sad,

but such a 'right' does have to be set out explicitly in statute or constitution.

I'm pleased to see that my high school continues to be one of the best: http://liherald.com/rockvillecentre/stories/South-Side-High-School-named-one-of-best,78940

I wish my grandkids lived there.

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Response to elleng (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 12:12 AM

7. Yes, most of the rights mentioned in the constitution's bill of rights...

 

..are not rights granted by the constitution, but are guarantees that inherent rights cannot be taken away.

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