The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez

The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity

Edited by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, foreword by James E. Ryan
cloth, 384 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-832-0
Price: $68.00

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paper, 384 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-831-3
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In this ambitious volume, leading legal and educational scholars examine San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973), the landmark US Supreme Court decision that held that the Constitution does not guarantee equality of educational opportunity. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Kimberly Jenkins Robinson have brought together a host of experts in their field to examine the road that led up to the Rodriguez decision, assess the successes and failures of the reforms that followed in its wake, and lay out an array of creative strategies for addressing the ongoing inequality of resources and socioeconomic segregation that perpetuate the inequity of opportunity in education.


Ogletree, Robinson, and their expert cowriters offer hope that this decision can be reversed or that other ways can be found to counter its ill effects. This book is a thoughtful and overdue contribution to improving schools. — Jack Jennings, author, Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools

There is an enduring tradition in this nation of relentless legal scholars who stand as champions for educational equity. This important volume follows in that tradition, deftly charting the future of educational opportunity. — Ronald F. Ferguson, faculty cochair and director, The Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University

Ogletree and Robinson remind us that equalizing educational opportunity in the United States is going to require fundamental changes in law and policy from many directions, from how we allocate our financial resources to rethinking our housing policies. Their book makes a very important contribution toward broadening the conversation we’re having around reforming education. — Wendy Kopp, cofounder and CEO, Teach For All

The Supreme Court’s effective abdication of any role in securing equal educational opportunity requires us to continue to grapple with the past, present, and future effects of the Rodriguez decision, and the essays here make essential contributions to that endeavor.” — Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez is a valuable contribution to the debate about strategies to equalize educational opportunities for all children. — Penelope M. Earley, Teachers College Record

This volume serves as a critical resource to empower change and educational reform at local, state, and federal levels. — Andrés P. Santamaría, Educational Review

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About the Editors

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson is a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and a researcher at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. 

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