Equal Opportunity In Public Education Essay

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Equal education has not yet been achieved. Educational reforms and others have helped correct discrimination and inequality, yet small amounts still remain. Despite the current issues affecting equal opportunity in education today, public education strives to provide equal opportunities for all students.
Students came to receive equal education opportunities through a chain of events. Brown vs. Board of Education began the integration of American public schools. The Supreme Court decided that segregation had no place in public schools; they felt that segregation created a feeling of inferiority, which in turn affected students learning. (Webb) Even though this movement directly affected blacks, the outcomes were far reaching. Other
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Serrano v. Priest in 1973 addressed the nation’s overall decline in school enrollments, lower academic achievement, and the poor academic achievement in poor districts, by pushing a “back to basics” curriculum. They stated that the “A child’s education could not depend on the wealth of the district.” (Webb)
Presidents of the United States addressed education Starting 1983 With President Regan. Regan in a response to sputnik and the Nation’s technological competition with the Russians was concerned with American’s mediocre education. A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform (1983), Stated that “that it would have been seen as “an act of war” if any unfriendly power had imposed our educational system on us.”(Webb) President George H.W. Bush administration approved six national educational goals; these goals were not supported because of the controversy over the vouchers that would promote school choice. Bill Clinton in 1992 wanted to be an effective “education president”. Clinton’s administration implemented the Educate America Act. Goals 2000. In the 1970’s the Civil Rights movement reached the needs of people with disabilities. Two famous cases addressed the education of disabled students; Pennsylvania Association of Retarded Citizens v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1972, and Mills v. Board of Education of the District of Columbia, 1972. These cases sparked the passage of Section 504 of the
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