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Black, White, and Green: Dividing Public Education Dollars
Last Featured: 3/14/2000

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Do New York City school students -- over 80% of whom are members of minority groups -- have a right to ``a sound basic education`` and can they sue for race discrimination and other reforms when the state continues to provide inadequate funding for city schools? These questions lie at the center of CFE v. State of New York, a lawsuit that seeks to reform the state system of financing education. Join the debate about the right to an equal and sound education on this edition of Justice Talking.

Denise Morgan is a professor at New York Law School where she teaches educational policy and the law, federal courts, civil procedure and a seminar on race in the United States. Prior to joining the faculty in 1995, Professor Morgan was a litigator with Clery, Gottlieb, Stein and Hamilton, taught at Florida State Law School and clerked for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Professor Morgan has written extensively about race, poverty and education.

Kevin O’Hanlon is an attorney with the law firm of O’Hanlon and Associates in Austin, Texas. From 1983 to 1990, O’Hanlon served as an assistant attorney general in Texas where he represented the state in its case against Mobil Oil and, in Edgewood vs Kirby, an equal protection challenge to Texas’ school finance system. In addition, Mr. O’Hanlon has served as general counsel and as a special education hearing officer for the Texas Education Agency.

Closing Quote
"It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber."

— Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

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ACLU: CA Education Lawsuit
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Funding Public Schools : Politics and Policies (Studies in Government and Public Policy)
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Savage Inequalities: Children in America`s Schools
by Jonathan Kozol
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No Child Left Behind
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