No Mandate in Indiana for ‘Quality’ Public Education

     (CN) – Indiana public school students have no constitutional right to a quality education. The Indiana Supreme Court said the state Constitution requires the Legislature to establish a public school system, but “does not mandate any judicially enforceable standard of quality.”

     A group of students said the state’s system of school funding violated three provisions of the Indiana Constitution: the Education Clause, the Due Course of Law Clause, and the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause.
     The state high court upheld the lower court’s dismissal of the case on the grounds that a quality education is not a constitutional right.
     “We conclude that the framers and ratifiers certainly sought to establish a state system of free common schools but not to create a constitutional right to be educated to a certain quality or other output standard,” Justice Dickson wrote.
     “To the extent that an individual student may have a right, entitlement, or privilege to pursue public education, any such right derives from the enactments of the General Assembly, not from the Indiana Constitution.”

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