November 21, 2007
Federal Role in Supporting Public Education
Professor Goodwin Liu has published important recent articles offering fresh thoughts on why the federal government should provide more substantial support for public education. In Education, Equality, and National Citizenship, 116 Yale L.J. 330 (2006), he argues that "the most significant component of educational inequality across the nation is not within states but between states," and contends that the "citizenship clause" and section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment "authorizes and obligates Congress to ensure a meaningful floor of educational opportunity throughout the nation." In his view, "the citizenship clause guarantee does more than designate a legal status....it obligates the national government to secure the full membership, effective participation, and equal dignity of all citizens in the national community." For additional writing on this topic by Professor Liu, see Interstate Inequality in Educational Opportunity, 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 2044 (2006). For responses to Professor Liu's Yale article by Robin West and Carl Kaestle, see the Yale Law Journal Pocket Part Archive.
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