An amendment to make high-quality education a right enforceable by law has been endorsed by national civil rights organizations as well as local public school supporters.Previous coverage and why I think its a bad idea here. The Post editorial board thinks its a bad idea too.
"Right now, our tool has been moral persuasion and political persuasion," said Marc Borbely, a public schools advocate. "Now, people fighting for better schools will have a legal power also."
That's precisely the concern. Some council members wondered whether the amendment, which would make "high-quality schools the law, would bring on lawsuits from parents dissatisfied with their child's education.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Education amendment update
The District Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that would put before the voters of the District a referendum on amending the DC Home Rule Act to include a requirement that the District provide "a system of free, high-quality public schools" for all school-age children.