Education Is Fundamental to Citizenship–And a Constitutional Right, New Lawsuit Alleges

Dec 2, 2018 by

A new federal lawsuit asserts that the failure of public schools to prioritize civics education is depriving students of many of their constitutional rights.

The U.S. Constitution contains an implicit guarantee of an education, argues a new federal lawsuit, and the failure of public schools to prioritize civics is depriving students of that right and preventing them from effectively exercising other key rights, like voting.

The lawsuit is the latest in a recent wave to attempt to locate a constitutional right to an education—a holy grail of sorts for education advocates. But it’s a right that federal courts have been reluctant to recognize since, ruling more than 40 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the Constitution’s 14th amendment equal-protection clause did not cover disparities in local school district funding.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island on behalf of more than a dozen students there, A.C. v. Raimondo alleges that the state has violated students’ rights under multiple sections of the U.S. Constitution by failing to provide an education “that prepares them adequately to vote, to exercise free speech, petition the government, actively engage in civic life and exercise all of their constitutional rights.”

Source: Education Is Fundamental to Citizenship–And a Constitutional Right, New Lawsuit Alleges – Curriculum Matters – Education Week

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