Educational Financing, Equal Protection of the Laws, and the Supreme Court

Recently, state systems of financing public education have been overturned or seriously threatened by several state and federal court cases based on the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment. Rodriguez v. San Antonio Independent School District, which invalidated the Texas system of educational financing, will be argued before the Supreme Court next term. This Comment will examine the doctrinal and policy problems that the Court will confront and the alternative solutions that are available to the Court when it considers the constitutionality of the Texas system, which is typical of the educational financing programs that have generated so much recent litigation.