April 1, 2004
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Brown v Board of Education proclaimed that education is perhaps the most important function performed by state and local governments. In the fifty years since Brown, courts have consistently recognized that educational policy is the responsibility of the states and have deferred to state legislature's educational policy choices. In addressing challenges to accountability systems, courts have respected states's rights to determine and establish the accountability systems that they believe are in the best interests of the students in their states without interference from the courts. Courts will, however, take action when necessary to protect freedoms and privileges guaranteed by law.
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