Sixteen years have passed since the United States Supreme Court concluded, in Brown v. Board of Education, that the fourteenth amendment required equality in education for all. Although that historical decision confined itself to abolishing segregation in the public schools, teh fourteenth amendment does not so confine itself. Equality is not the province of the blacks. Equality must be practiced wherever inequality looms large, regardless of race, creed, or cause. In August, 1971, the Supreme Court of California found that unequal wealth distribution in California has resulted in unequal education in the public schools. The court in Serrano v. Priest held that the California public school financing system violates the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment. This system "...invidiously discriminates against the poor because it makes the quality of a child's education a function of the wealth of his parents and neighbors."
Alan A. Nadir,
D-Day for Decision-Makers: Considerations for a New Public School Financing System in California,
San Diego L. Rev.
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