Wednesday, January 31, 2007

School Choices: Part IV Problems for Government

The difficulty confronting state governments is the constitutional and statutory requirements causing friction with government spending objectives, especially in lean budget years as many state governments are now facing. As the Harvard Law Review wrote:

Although seventeen state courts have upheld their states' education systems, high courts in thirteen states have found their education systems to violate state constitutional requirements. ("The Limits of Choice: School Choice Reform and State Constitutional Guarantees of Educational Quality," Harvard Law Review, June 1996, Vol. 109, Issue 8, page 2010.)

States have constitutionally undertaken the task of providing quality education, now they must keep the promise. Several proposals have been proffered to assuage the government's burdens. Some involve building better schools with more computers; paying teachers more; increasing per pupil spending; school uniforms; and testing, testing, testing. All of these have required an increase in spending, though, something that governments usually find difficult to do, especially during recessions.

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