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San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez

San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973) represents the only legal case involving school finance litigation to be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Rodriguez, the Supreme Court legally upheld the Texas school funding system, finding that it was not unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. The Court ruled that education was not a fundamental right, nor was it to be given any special legal protections under the U.S. Constitution. In essence, the Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez overruled a previous California school finance case, Serrano v. Priest I (1971), where the state’s supreme court ruled that education was legally protected by the federal constitution. This entry will provide a historical overview of the only case in ...

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