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The case for education as a fundamental right of citizenship in the United States

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Title: The case for education as a fundamental right of citizenship in the United States
Author(s): Ash, Carey L.
Advisor(s): Anderson, James D.
Department / Program: Educational Policy Studies
Discipline: Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): Education Opportunity Equal Rights Fundamental Property Liberty Due Process San Antonio Rodriguez Supreme Court
Abstract: Since 1896, the issue of “separate but equal” has been an ever present notion in American society. From water fountains to lunch counters, the use of public facilities and the receipt of public services have often been impacted by the ethno-racial group to which one belongs. One of the greatest examples of this circumstance can be found in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) wherein it was determined that separate public school facilities for African-American and Caucasian students were inherently unequal. Although the Supreme Court eradicated the “separate” premise of the “separate but equal” doctrine in the Brown decision, the ever elusive goal of providing equal educational opportunities to all of America’s students remains ephemeral. It is this notion of a right to equal educational opportunities that I examine through the lens of the landmark Supreme Court case San Antonio School District v. Rodriguez (1973).
Issue Date: 2010-05-18
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Carey L. Ash
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-05-18
Date Deposited: May 2010

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