Confronting the Political Realities

in Courts and Kids

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226706191
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226706184 | DOI:
Confronting the Political Realities

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This book has argued that success in sound basic education cases is critical to achieving educational equity and excellence. Effective remedies in these cases require the adoption of challenging standards, adequate funding, effective programmatic reforms and accountability systems, and improvements in student achievement as measured by accurate assessment systems. This successful-remedies model draws on the actual experiences of numerous state courts that have fruitfully carried out many of the functions advocated by the model. In an era when “judicial activism” retains a negative connotation, this chapter argues that courts can be called upon to oversee the implementation of an enormous educational reform process and to retain jurisdiction over a ten- to twenty-year period. This is because the successful-remedies model calls for less active judicial involvement than meets the eye. Moreover, the comparative institutional approach upon which the model is built is consistent with the widely shared view among social scientists that effective social reform requires a functional division of labor among the three branches of government.

Keywords: sound basic education; educational equity; successful-remedies model; state courts; judicial activism; educational reform; social reform; comparative institutional approach; funding; accountability

Chapter.  8139 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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