Serrano v. Priest 50th Anniversary: Origins, Impact and Future Virtual Symposium

Friday, February 26 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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It’s been half a century since the landmark Serrano v. Priest court case that fundamentally reshaped school finance in California and beyond. It was the first time a school finance lawsuit was successful in challenging the state’s constitution.

In a 1971 decision, the California Supreme Court found that the school funding system violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The court determined that California’s funding scheme discriminated against low-income students because it made the quality of a child’s education a function of the wealth of his or her parents and neighbors.

Fifty years on, as California policymakers continue to struggle with questions of how to provide a more equitable education to all of California’s children, what can we learn from the past to help us reimagine the future of school finance?

Please join us for a unique event with an illustrious panel of local and national experts with diverse perspectives. (Scroll down for more details on the speakers.)

Panelists will discuss the hopes and goals of the original court case in the context of California’s current system, look at how other states fund their schools and discuss what more needs to be done to achieve the vision of truly fair and equitable school finance.

This symposium is sponsored by the Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance (CEPEG) at the USC Rossier School of Education and EdSource.


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Rossier School of Education
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