Watch: Education Experts & Student Advocates Explore America’s Growing Movement for a Constitutional Right to a Quality Education
A movement to create a constitutional right to a quality public education is gaining momentum in several states. Wednesday afternoon, at a special 1 p.m. webinar, The 74’s Linda Jacobson — who wrote about just such a campaign in California in November — will be part of an elite panel of experts discussing the potential impact a constitutional right could have in closing racial and economic achievement gaps in America.
Sponsored by The 74 and the Reinventing America’s Schools project of the Progressive Policy Institute, the online panel will also include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Alan Page, former Minnesota Supreme Court justice; Ben Austin of Education Civil Rights Now; and Dr. Pedro Noguera of the University of Southern California. Curtis Valentine, co-director of Reinventing America’s Schools, will moderate. This will be an important conversation; join us at 1 p.m. Eastern.
You can watch the panelists talk about this fascinating subject right here when the event starts.
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Some recent coverage of this issue from The 74:
- Austin: It’s Long Past Time to Put Kids First By Making Education a Civil Right for all Students
- Proposed California Ballot Measure Would Give Parents ‘Legal Standing’ to Sue for Better Schools as Right-to-Education Efforts Spread
- A Legal Right to Literacy: 10 Kids Sued California for Failing to Teach Them to Read. Could Their Settlement Set a Precedent for Other Struggling Schools?
- Michigan Agrees to Aid Detroit Schools With $100 Million in Dedicated Literacy Funds After Courts Agree With New Legal Theory That Students Have Right to Read