An education amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
report, the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation says we need one. Its main arguments: Lack of school funding and funding disparities.
An education amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the best way to ensure efficient use of national resources; abrogate place, wealth, and color as markers of education quality; and improve the quality of opportunity to learn afforded to all of the nation's public school students. Such an amendment would clarify and enhance the role of the national government in ensuring finance and resource adequacy, address the education needs and priorities of the nation as a whole, and provide necessary guidance to state and local governments to help raise the baseline of education quality, achievement, attainment, and accountability.
Hmmm. Florida has an education amendment to its constitution, requiring "adequate provision ... for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools." But has that helped with funding and funding disparities?