Sunday, March 25, 2012

San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez case brief

San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973)
No Fundamental Right to an Education. Wealth is not a suspect classification.

Facts:
Mexican-American parents whose kids attend school in Edgewood brought class action on behalf of minorities who live in school districts w/low property tax base. Disparity b/w amount of $ spent in San Antonio compared to Edgewood School Districts (least and most affluent districts in San Antonio) ($356/kid v. $594/kid)

PP:
DC held that dual system of public school financing violated EP clause. Found wealth to be a “suspect” class.

Holding:
SC overruled, said there is no evidence that the difference b/w per pupil $ is directly related to the quality of education. People do not have a fundamental right to an education. Surprising considering Brown.

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