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Do you have a constitutional right to a decent education?

Even though the Constitution does not make any references to education, it has become an unmentioned right for everyone to have access to at least a high school education. States mandate that local municipalities have public schools, and the Supreme Court has ruled that segregating schools based on race is unconstitutional. But does this mean that you have a constitutional right to a decent education?

Brown v. Board of Education did more than desegregate the schools in Topeka, it led to an end to segregation across the country. The Supreme Court found that segregation violated Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, more commonly known as the equal protection clause, which states that no federal, state, or local government can deprive a person of equal protection of the laws.  

Across the country, the gap between high-performing schools and underperforming schools is widening. The public education system in Massachusetts is considered one of the best school systems in the country, while schools in Alabama fear additional budget cuts because the state’s revenues have been drained by the Gulf oil spill.

The need to include more and more technology in the classroom also has led to strains on school budgets, which ultimately affect the quality of education.

For the past decade and a half, the federal government has tried to address this issue with No Child Left Behind, a system of funding and grants aimed at helping schools that show progress to further their development, and forcing failing schools to adopt measures to increase school performance or face more budget cuts. But these initiatives have had mixed results and have done little to close the increasing gaps between schools.

So what happens if you go to an underperforming or failing school?

The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education said that separate but equal was not constitutional because separating school populations on racial grounds was a violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Could this now be applied to geography? If you attend a poor-performing school in a poorer part of town, but there is a higher-performing public school on the other side of town, should you be allowed to attend the better school? Currently this is a decision left up to the individual school systems, so the local school board would be the ultimate decider in this instance.

A federal court has ruled that parents to do not have a constitutional right to transfer their children to another public school system if the state law requires parents to enroll their children in their assigned district.

Detroit, Mich., has begun to address this issue by developing a school ranking system. The Detroit Public Schools system uses test scores to rank the best and the worst schools in the district, encouraging parents to send their students to the better-performing schools. Schools decide whether to accept students based on test scores and need. “Detroit has some excellent schools — but not enough of them,” according to the 2010 School Report Card. “And it has some failing schools — too many of them.”

“We are publishing this first-ever report card to help parents better understand which schools are helping students and which are not.” This report card could be a helpful guide to parents in deciding whether to transfer their child to another school, but it could also lead to more schools being forced to close.

What do you think?

Is access to a decent public education a constitutional right? If you go to a failing school, what should be done to increase performance? Would creating a school report card help students to have access to better-performing schools? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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9/25/2017
Montana
Peytan
North Star
Although the right to a decent education is not mentioned in the Consitution, I believe that any student should receive a good one. Our founding fathers may not have stated that in our country's Constitution, but they did want the best for America. How can we have the best for our people of the U.S. If we are not all getting the same education. I think that equal education across the country should be an important problem to fix, especially for the schools that are lacking. To give everyone an equally educated career.

9/13/2017
Rudyard, MT
Hali
Mrs. Campbell
While the right to a decent public education is not clearly stated in the Constitution, I do believe that all students deserve to receive a good education. An underperforming or failing school in some cases can be the fault of both the student and the teacher depending on the situation. If the students aren't interested and invested in their education, but the teacher is invested and willing to help, the fault is on the student's end. However, if the teacher is not performing their job, the school should work towards improving the teacher's ability to teach. And if there is no effort towards improving, the parents should be allowed to transfer their student to a new school if the student wants to succeed but isn't in an environment where they could succeed. Ultimately, succeess in dependent on the student's will to succeed.

9/16/2016
Sidney
Kirsten
Mr.Lewis
I believe that the right to a decent public education is a constitutional right even if it is not clearly expressed in the consititution. If i were at a failing school, some things that would possibly help increase performance is to make learning more interesting for students. Some students cannot learn without it being interesting because when they are not interested they don't feel the need to learn the topic, therfor failing the assignments and tests that go along with that topic. I don't believe that creating a report card would help because a lot of schools distribute report cards and it still doesnt get them into better performing schools because it shows them having lower grades in some cases which does nothing for them. It would however help the ones who have good grades so in a way i guess it could help.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Michael
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
The accesss to a decent public education is not a constitutional right, but I do believe a decent education is something everyone deserves. A failing school, in my opinion, is based on the lack of student interest in participating and getting good grades in school. This problem is both a fault of the teacher and the student, seeing as its a failing school its most likely the teachers. If a teacher is able to teach to a class that makes a student actually want to get involved then I believe a student will be more likely to succeed. Creating a school report card could be very beneficial to students to get into better-performing school, but if kids are being rejected based on their own personal scores by the better schools then it is not fixing any problem, because the kid is then not getting into a better-performing school and it defeats the purpose.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Montana
Jacey
Mr. Lewis
I think that everyone in the United States should have the privelage to have a decent public education. If a child is doing poorly in school, they should get extra help or study harder. I do not think that how poor you are should be a factor in what kind of education you should get. I agree with the report card system and think it betters with children's education.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Allyson
Mr. Lewis
I absolutely do think that access to a decent education is a constitutional right. If you are failing school I think that you should get one on one work from teachers throughout the school to help you become better. But, if the student is not willing to try and get the help, I would say just let them. It takes both the student and teacher to improve on things that they are struggling with. I do think that creating a school report card could help students to have access to better performing schools because it would show the school where they are struggling and where they have room for improvement. I think that having a school report card would not only greatly affect the teachers but the students as well.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Jordan
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe access to a decent public education is like an "unspoken"constitutional right. To increase performance at failing schools I feel the students need to be evaluated on how they feel about certain things such as homework and their classes. If a student is negative about these things it is their own doing that they are failing unless a teacher is just not teaching which that is sometimes the case. But if a teacher is putting in full effort it is the student's personal drive that is keeping them from succeeding. We as young people cannot always blame our teachers. Our outlook on things is what really matters. If a student wants to succeed they will do what is needed to achieve that success.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Nakieta
Mr. Lewis
I agree that access to a decent public education should be constitutional right. Each and every student deserves to have access to a decent education if they want to learn and be in a school. How can a student become active in society and understand different views if they are not taught? If kids are sent to a failing school something should be done on both parts with students and teachers. every kid deserves a fair chance at getting the education they deserve. Maybe a school report card would help. A school report card will show different scores and show people what they need to work on in order to get a better education. But on a side note a student also need personal motivation and a desire to learn. I also feel like a lack of determination is also to blame for poor scores as well.

9/16/2016
Sidney MT
Brenley
Sidney High School Mr. Lewis
Access to a decent education is a constitutional right. Without a good education children will not be able to grow up to be contributing members of society. Failing schools should merge with high ranking schools, so government funds can be more beneficial. Since we do not have this happening, a report card would be a great idea so that children can be placed in a school where they will receive the best education.

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
John Beyer
Mr. Lewis/Sidney Highschool
I do believe that that access to an education is a constitutional right. I don't believe failing schools should be a thing. To me, you should not fail school. I don't believe it falls on the teachers, or the school itself. Geography may have a hand in it. It all depends how you were raised and where you come from. If your parents don't instill that need for knowledge and education, then the drive to succeed won't come. Also if the students don't want to learn, then they won't. But they may need a kick start to their education.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
Peachlyn
Faulhaber/SHS
Yes decent public schooling should be a constitutional right, we want our people to be educated; no one wins if we are not. Better teachers or just a better environment should be thought of, if you want a successful school.Yes because then they know how they are doing, and where they need to improve. If a student is doing good in school and their grades show it, it boost there enthusiasm in learning.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Parker
Mr. Louis
Yes, I believe that you should have a constitutional right to education. The United States needs smart voters who can elect a good president to run this country. If you are sent to a failing school, nothing is accomplished with your education. It was just a waste of time. People should take education more serious. I believe that schools should have a report card, so they can determine which schools are doing the best, and which ones are failing.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Logan
Mr. Lewis
No i do not believe a decent public eduaction is a consititutional right. I do not believe this because the first sentence in this article says, the consitution does not make any references to education. To increase performance, I think teachers should be educated on what the higher performing schools are being taught and how they're being taugt. I also think I do not think creating a school report card would help student to have access to better performing schools. I don't think this because most towns only have one or two schools anyways. Or if there is more than a couple, they go to the school in their area.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
Jared J
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
I think that access to a decent to good public school is a constitutional right. Every kid has a right to a good education. Its more of the kids choice. Some kids definitely want to get a great education but some kids come to school not wanting to learn. If you go to a school thats failing i believe there should be teacher meetings to examine where they went wrong. If its not fixed i believe that the teach should lose their job if the students continue to fail. I think that if there was a school report card and the school was failing they would lose possible interest and transferring kids and new kids would decide to go to a school close by. So i dont think there should school report card. It would give kids access to better preforming schools though.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tanner
Mr. Lewis
I believe that access to a decent public education is a constitutional right, and if it is not then it should be. I believe this because we need educated people to be voters. Education should not be just be about knowing what is going on in politics and how are governments works. granted that is important. However learning to read, and write, and mathematics could also lead to educated voters. If you part of a failing school that school has a duty to change how things are going on that campus. Most schools already a school report card.

9/16/2016
sidney/ montana
Jared steinbeisser
lewis/sidney
Yes, i think every student in america should have a constitutional right to a decent education. Even though most students don't like school or don't want to be there they should still get a decent education. If students have tough time with school the should be getting extra help and teachers should put more time and effort with students. i seem to see this happen a lot. But i also agree the student needs to make an effort to get the help they need.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Lexi
Mr. Faulhaber
EVERYONE should be allowed at least a decent high school education. But a failing school can't just be blamed on the teachers for "not doing their job". The student has to have the drive and desire to get that decent education or else there is no way they can be successful. Also parents need to teach their kids that an education is one of the most important things in life. The people that think education isn't that important are the ones that aren't going to succeed in life. In the end it comes down to the desire of students to want to succeed.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Madison Thiessen
Mr. Lewis Sidney High School
I believe access to a decent public education is a consitutional right. If you have a bad school system and bad educational teachers, then you have the right to choose your school to get a decent education. If you fail in high school, then how well are you going to do at a job? If you go to a failing school then you should try to hire better teachers. Teachers make a big impact on how well students learn. Some kids don't want to learn, but the right teacher can change that. I believe creating a school report card would help students have access to better performing schools. Creating this report card could help the school staff understand the areas that need improvement. If the school is doing a poor job, then parents can send their child to a different school. If both the students and the teachers work hard to make the school a better place, then anything is possible.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tia
Sidney High School
I think that decent public education is a constitutional right. If you go to a failing school you should find someone to help you make it through it and help you not fail. I definally would create a school report card to help students have access to better performing schools. School is very important in life. You go for 12 years of your life and so if you want a good paying job or want to learn more about something then you should of the right or the oppotunity to go.

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
Taylor Schepens
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
I think that if you are living in a part of town that has a failing school, you should be able to transfer to another district. If transferring to another district means that you will get a better education then I think that is what should be able to happen. If you live out of that district and have to travel a ways to the better school than that is your problem and your choice to make, but if it means getting a better education than I think you should be able to make that choice on your own. Education is the most important thing in the US today and doing whatever you can to get a good education is a good thing,

9/16/2016
sidney, mt
Miller
Faulhaber
Yes, we do indeed have a constitutional right to a decent education, after all, the founding fathers intended us to be educated so we could be good voters, granted education also is used to get good jobs and live good lives, the founding fathers put the state of ones country before ones rich lifestyle choice

9/15/2016
Sidney/Montana
Quinten
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that failing schools mainly is resulting from the teachers. If a school has highly achieving teachers, then the students will have no trouble going into college or the work force and becoming productive members of the society. But, if a school is failing then most likely the teachers are not doing exactly what they should be to help the students going into college or the work force. Teachers are needed for a society to survive. But if the teachers do not do what they are there for, then a society will struggle. However, parents are also responsible to teach their children about life and things that teachers will not necessarily get to in a school year.

9/15/2016
Sidney/Montana
Zach
Mrs. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that yes there are failing schools in the U.S. where there might be a need to for intervention in improving its curriculum. Now with that I agree with what most of the comments are saying right that schools are in different situations. Applying the same standards to all school I feel would be ineffective but to have the schools improve on there own problems would be more beneficial. You don't put a band aid on a nasty sunburn and suspect that it will have the same effect as it would be on a paper cut. With that since education should be implied that it is a natural unspoken constitutional right when it comes to the performances of the schools it shouldn't be controlled by the federal government that doesn't always know what is best for it. But instead should be left up to the state or even local government which might be a little to much. With that I end my opinion on the matter.

9/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Tessa
Mrs. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
YES, I believe that access to a decent public education is a constitutional right! Go equality. Receving proper education is necessary for future success and a critical part of becoming a contributing member to our society. However, I think that before we focus on schools with high performance, we should direct attention to those that are failing and meet their needs. Increase their budget and hold meetings with staff/admin to dicuss ways to make the environment a more welcoming and successful place to learn and grow. Creating a school repord card could be helpful for staff to understand which areas need more improvement but if a school is failing, parents would not enroll their child/children there. It is BOTH the student and the teacher's responsibility to make the school a better place so it is necessary they work together on the same page.

9/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Landan
Mrs. Faulhaber Sidney High School
In my opinion, the right to a free and public education k-12 is an impromptu amendment in the constitution, because each and every state and territory of the United States has adopted this as truth. In addition, the federal government funds each state to ensure that this "amendment" is followed through with. The presence of failing schools is an unfortunate reality that American children must deal with each and every day. To combat this, I believe that it should be the student and their parent(s) choice whether or not they wish to move to a better school district, and that it is the school's choice whether or not they believe the merit of the student warrants acceptance. What this would do is motivate students to become more ambitious and push them to achieve more to decide their own future, effectively. On the issue of improving the failing schools themselves, this can be found in Common Core. The presence of a standard, challenging "curriculum" will encourage those teachers that are the reason the school is failing to improve and attempt to broaden their teaching methods as well as drive to teach. Arguably, this will increase the test scores that the government uses to determine whether a school is pass or fail, and also create better teachers in the process.

9/15/2016
Sidney, MT
Sandra
Mrs. Faulhaber
Education should be available for every child, there for it is kind of a constitutional right. Every child deserves to get the education they deserve. Failing schools should be granted a little more funding, and have the teachers discuss what they could be doing better for the school. It is not always the students fault that the school is "failing." Schools also need to make sure that the teachers understand the concepts being taught and they are capable of teaching to their best abilities. Motivation is a key to doing well in school. If a teacher cares and keeps the children on task there is a better chance of the school "passing." Also , if a teacher teaches to a test the kids aren't going to stay motivated and they will be used to being spoon-fed information and that is not valuable to real life situation. Teachers need to teach to their best abilities and not be forced to teach to the test.

9/15/2016
Sidney Montana
Tayler
Mrs. Faulhaber
I 100% agree that access to a decent public school is a constitutional right.Every student deserves a great education if they are actually wanting to be there and learn. However, schools only have so much room to accept kids into the nicer school that have to leave their failing school because it is shutting down or parents simply want their kids going to a better school. To increase performance in a failing school, I think the failing school should merge with a successful school. It would be easier to help the failing schools students get back on track and, if they do care about their education, help them pass. I do believe that creating a school report card would help students have access to a better performing school so that their parents could transfer them to a better school (if that is offered) and it would shut down the failing schools. The failing schools shouldn't stay open if they are offering a poor education to students.

9/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Johren
Mrs. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The gap between high-performing schools and underperforming schools is alarming, no doubt. And we all, as students, have the consititutional right to receive education. A decent education, on the other hand, is not a constitutional right. Your individual education is what you make it, regardless of your situation or outside circumstances. You can choose to flourish in times & places of trouble or you can become a victim to your surroundings. If you are getting a free education, why waste the opportunity and have your priorties places elsewhere? Personal motivation and desire to learn determine the type of education you will receive.

9/15/2016
Sidney, MT
Emily S.
Mrs. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that everyone has the right to a decent public education. Some people just do not want to learn, while some teachers do not want to teach and I think that has a big part to do with failing schools. In rougher communities some students and teachers may not want to attend school/work there and maybe they want to go to the nicer school, but thats not the point. The purpose of School is education and to better us for our futures, I think that is what more people need to focus on. I think we should take advantage to the fact that we are offered a free education and use it to our best ability.

9/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Quinlyn
Mrs. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Although most parents want the best for their chlidren not all options are open to everyone. For instance, you may or may not have to stay in your district. If that is the case there are other options in which you can pay, such as private school. I believe education is most likley the leading force in our economy people should have a right for public schooling. Wether it is gauranteed shoulf be up to the states. In that, programs such as NCLB are not always the most helpful. Common Core cannot be widley spread when diffrent parts of the U.S. have diffrent culture. But it is agreeable that the economy needs educated workers in order to opperate effectivley in all fields.

9/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Landan
Mrs. Faulhaber Sidney High School
In my opinion, the right to a free and public education k-12 is an impromptu amendment in the constitution, because each and every state and territory of the United States has adopted this as truth. In addition, the federal government funds each state to ensure that this "amendment" is followed through with. The presence of failing schools is an unfortunate reality that American children must deal with each and every day. To combat this, I believe that it should be the student and their parent(s) choice whether or not they wish to move to a better school district, and that it is the school's choice whether or not they believe the merit of the student warrants acceptance. What this would do is motivate students to become more ambitious and push them to achieve more to decide their own future, effectively. On the issue of improving the failing schools themselves, this can be found in Common Core. The presence of a standard, challenging "curriculum" will encourage those teachers that are the reason the school is failing to improve and attempt to broaden their teaching methods as well as drive to teach. Arguably, this will increase the test scores that the government uses to determine whether a school is pass or fail, and also create better teachers in the process.

9/15/2016
Sidney, MT
Ashley
Mrs. Faulhaber
I believe that public education is a right. Without a decent education, people wouldn't be able to get a well paying job, they wouldn't be able to pay for a house, food, or support their family. If you went to a failing school, I think we should come up with some sort of a report card for teachers? Just to see what we could do to help them learn a little better and see what the teacher could change.

9/15/2016
Sidney Montana
Paige
Mrs. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Students should have a constitutional right to a good education, however, it is not a constitutional right. How will students become good citizens and be active in society if they are not taught to do so. If you go to a failing school, something should be done in the hands of the teachers and students. New techniques that work best with the group of kids at hand is the best option in my opinion. School report cards are a good idea but probably not going to be effective. If you are at a low ranked school, and recommended to go to a higher ranked school, how are you going to get into a better school with bad test scores. Even the best students at the worst schools might not be as good of students as the worst students at the best schools, therefor testing scores would not be a good way to decide how students are accepted into the school. The issue with closing schools, I do not understand. If the school is not benefiting the students in it, then why is it running anyway?

9/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Johren
Mrs. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The gap between high-performing schools and underperforming schools is alarming, no doubt. And we all, as students, have the consititutional right to receive education. A decent education, on the other hand, is not a constitutional right. Your individual education is what you make it, regardless of your situation or outside circumstances. You can choose to flourish in times & places of trouble or you can become a victim to your surroundings. If you are getting a free education, why waste the opportunity and have your priorties places elsewhere? Personal motivation and desire to learn determine the type of education you will receive.

9/15/2016
Sidney, MT
Lauryn
Sidney High School
I believe that everybody has a right to an equal education. However, I also believe that if a student really wants to learn they will. You can make the curriculum equal but that doesn't mean that students will actually use it. Having a common core program doesn't motivate students to learn, it just standardizes the school systems. The real problem motivating students to achieve all that they can.

9/15/2016
Sidney/Montana
Zach
Mrs. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that yes there are failing schools in the U.S. where there might be a need to for intervention in improving its curriculum. Now with that I agree with what most of the comments are saying right that schools are in different situations. Applying the same standards to all school I feel would be ineffective but to have the schools improve on there own problems would be more beneficial. You don't put a band aid on a nasty sunburn and suspect that it will have the same effect as it would be on a paper cut. With that since education should be implied that it is a natural unspoken constitutional right when it comes to the performances of the schools it shouldn't be controlled by the federal government that doesn't always know what is best for it. But instead should be left up to the state or even local government which might be a little to much. With that I end my opinion on the matter.

9/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Hanna
Mrs. Faulhaber SHS
I think that having a good education and a safe place to go to be educated is completely a constitutional right. Every person deserves the chance to be educated. If you attend a failing school I believe that there should be something done to help the failing students, whether it's the teachers who aren't doing what they need to be or if the students just don't feel like putting forth the effort. There can be things implemented to help those students such as after school programs or rewards that can make them want to try.

5/3/2016
CA
David
Jaboro Creekside highschool
it is true that not all schools are created equal. one school may be a little run down in comparison to the new one down the block, but i think everyone is missing the point. the purpose of school is the learning that takes place there, shouldnt people be focusing on curriculum? Every person has a right to a free highschool education, but what you do with it is your choice. I am a firm believer that a student who truly wants to learn, can acomplish that no matter the school enviornment. I think lack of motivation or priorities is more to blame

3/23/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Amber F
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that every child has the right to a decent education. No one should take that away from the children. If the kids of America don't have the right education, then how will they grow and contribute to society and do their part to help? No education means no future, so it is a right of the constitution to give every child a decent education.

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Manny
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
A decent public education is most definitely a constitutional right. Differences in schools can be very noticable sometimes and can be very unfair if one is only allowed to go to the school one's district is assigned to. Failing schools should get some form of funding from the state in hopes to fix up the school building itself and possibly hire a better staff. A school report card would indeed help students have access to better-performing schools. Students not having prior knowledge about a school are made aware of the schools that have students performing much better.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Ali
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Students that want a Decent education should have the right to do whatever it takes to get a great education. If you attend a failing school, you can work harder to achieve high grades so later in your life, you could go to a decent college. I believe that a student report card with information about doing well in school is very essential and should be done in every public school.

3/16/2016
PA
Emily Dougherty
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Students should have a constitutional right to a decent education. States should not be allowed to dictate what school a child goes to according to the district they live in. I feel this is a large part of the problem.Failing schools could increase performance by trying different teaching technique. This solution is pretty obvious, but I think a large reason students do badly in school is because some teachers aren't engaging, only a small percentage of kids will do well despite having an unengaging boring teacher. Schools should try to tailor their teaching to students specifically rather than treating the student body as a unit. School report cards are an excellent idea. School report cards could be an excellent idea, but I also think that standardized testing is a bad idea. Teaching to the test just makes bored kids and uninspired teachers. It would be more effective to make the school report cards using class grades.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Nick Gomez
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg Junior High School
I think that it is because you should have a right to a good education in a good school. I think the school should be fixed up with the taxes paid by the parents. It would because then they could see what they need to do better.

3/15/2016
PA
Emily
Daniel Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Niamh
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
Access to a decent education is a constitutional right. Without a good education children will not be able to grow up to be contributing members of society. Failing schools should merge with high ranking schools, so government funds can be more concentrated, and the failing schools can be on par with decent schools. Since we do not have this happening, a report card would be a good idea so that parents know where is best to place their children for a better education.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Willie
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that every student has a right to a decent education. If you have to go to school you should not have to go to a failing school when other kids get to go to passing schools. I think if you are a failing school you should do one of two things. First, see if some of the students actually care enough about school to do good in it. Secondly, you should get rid of the teachers and/or principle that are doing a bad job teaching the kids. I don't think having school report cards would help because what if you where a hour away from a passing school they only thing you would be able to do is move near that school. Some people can't move from where they live because of jobs. I think that schools that are failing should try harder to get their kids to pass.

3/7/2016
California murrieta
cameron
mr.jabro murrieta creekside high school
you have the right to decent education , everyone deserves to know the basics of education and knowledge, the education system they have today some people may think it doesnt do much or you wont use it with what you wanna do but in your entire life you will guarenteed use some of everything you learned,we are forced to go to school and to get a education if were being forced they should give us the best education we can get we are the nations future and what happens to us now will be the outcome of the future

2/22/2016
Murrieta/Ca
Kayla
Jabro/Creekside
I believe everybody has right right to a decent education. The United States makes it against the law for a child to not attend school, so if we're forced to attend school, we should get the best education that can be provided. We are taught that only people with an education are successful and if we are not given the best education, we're no better off than those who "flip burgers for a living".

12/14/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Micah W
Jabro - Creekside High School
To make it against the law for parents to enroll their students in a school that they deem to be better education for their child should be considered to be a violation of constitutional rights. All american citizens protected under the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution have a right to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness", and seeking out a basic or better education for yourself or your child falls into the category of 'the Pursuit of Happiness'.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/California
KaiP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that everybody has the right to a decent education because in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, article three,"Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." If someone were to be living on the poor side of a town with a poor school they should have the right to move to a better school for a better education. It is wrong to rule in a court that parents do not have a constitutional right to transfer their children to another public system.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Randy P5
Wong/Lorbeer Middle school
I think that everyone has a constitutional right to a decent education. If not everyone had the right to a decent education, if not everyone had a decent education, there would be many people doing jobs they don’t know how to do their jobs. The entire country would be a mess if not everyone had a decent education and the rich would be the only ones to have decent educations. Every child will be the future, rather a fast-food worker, doctors or dentist the kids are the foundation of the future. In conclusion every child should have the constitutional right to have an education.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
LongP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that everyone has the constitutional right to a decent education, as without any education people would getting close to nowhere in life. Without a decent education people would not be able to get into a certain college they like, and without a degree or any schooling your choices of jobs become very limited. Schooling is a necessity that everyone should have as it is preparing you for life.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
AndrewP4
Wong/Lorbeer
Access to a decent public education should be a constitutional right. With a right to a better education, students will be able to reach their maximum potential. If students are not able to succeed due to a poor education, then they will not be able to compete with others for entrance to colleges that leads to wholesome careers. Local governments should provide additional funding for schools to purchase more technology, updated textbooks, hire teachers with a higher degree of education, and offering tutoring to those that are struggling. A newer and effective school report card that better informs students' strengths and weaknesses can help students to have access to better-performing schools. All students have a constitutional right to a decent education, and this will be achieved through increased funding for schools.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Emily T
Wong/Lorbeer
Every kid has the constitutional right to a decent education. Without a decent education we would not be able to get on with our lives and find jobs to support ourselves or families. Schools tend to have different levels of education like normal, advanced, and honors which teach at the different levels so that the kids who understand the normal stuff don,t get into trouble in class because they already know this information. The fourth amendment right protects our equal rights. Students sometimes can't speak up for our rights and even though we may not like school that much we still know that we need this information to get on in life and to gain a professional job. The students level of understanding can very but what we all need is a decent education to help us with our future.

12/11/2015
Dimand Bar/CA
AndyP5
Wong/Lorbeer
A decent education can be hard but without it no one can get a good job and without jobs nobody has any money. Without money means their will be no food or house or anything not even providing a family. All students should have the same amount of education and have a passing grade of their intelligence. There should be a way for students to raise their school grades so that they have a chance to make it in life. Also so they can provide for themselves in the future without anybody's assistance. Also it states "school populations on racial grounds was a violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
VivianP5
Wong/Lorbeer
Indeed, I do believe that it is a constitutional right to receive a decent, proper, public education. No matter what kind of environment you live in, a proper education is an essential. Learning helps your brain and mind grow beyond and turns you into leaders of the future. It's also a key point of getting a job. If you go to a failing school, that's what report cards are for. Creating a report card helps student to have access to better-performing schools, because report cards help the schools see where their weak point is. Failing schools could try to make more programs that would help increase the students' intellectual thoughts. With a decent education should also be a mind of focus. The administration and staff should encourage their students by offering rewards. Overall, with the right focal point, students will and should receive a decent education.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Aden P4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that a public education should be a constitutional right because of the fact that these kids/teens will be the future of our world. Someone might become a great leader like the president or someone else important. The person needs to have the dedication to pay attention in school and to learn excessively. A decent public education also depends on the parents of a child because they are the ones mainly involved in their lives, provide materials for the child/teen, and are the ones to push them to excellence. The sad thing is in our society today many parents don't care about their child's grade in school, which is learning is actually a crucial part of a human being's life. This is why I think a decent education should be a constitutional right.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
EthanP1
Wong/Lorbeer
Access to a decent education is crucial in life. Without a decent education, people would not be able to get jobs. Without jobs people won’t be able to provide for their family, they won’t be able to care for themselves, and they may not even afford a house or apartment. If I went to a failing school, I would help increase the performance of it by persuading the principles or leaders of the school to reward their students if they get good grades. This idea would boost the morale of students therefore making them perform better in general. I think a school report card would help increase the performance of schools so that the students will be motivated to raise their “school grade” so that they won’t look or feel bad about themselves.

12/9/2015
Pomona
ErikP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I do believe that it should be constitutional that all students receive a proper education. The location you live in and the economy, should not be excuses why students do not get a proper and decent education. The next best lawyer's, scientists and even the next president could be residing in one of those schools, but will not achieve that goal because of the education there given. We should give the failing schools more fundings and more electives to try to decrease the failing schools. If we don't pay more attention to the student's education, in the future America will not be the great country it is today.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar/ California
DylanP.5
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that you do have a constitutional right to a decent education. If you don't have a constitutional right to a decent education, it will be really hard to get a job. Without a decent education it will be hard to get around in life. Without math you wouldn't know how to pay your bills. I think that you should have the right to a decent education.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
IsaiahP5
Wong/Lorbeer
Yes, I do believe that it should be a constitutional right that all students receive a proper education. Social, economical, and location should not be an excuse to receive a universal education. I believe that failing schools should be given quality teachers, and a committed school district who will work to provide proper resources for the students to be abler to get a head start on their education. Having a report card, would help the students to be aware of where they stand and what they will need to work on to get better.`

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
BrianP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that every one of us has a constitutional right to a decent education. But in order to have a decent education, you have to choose to learn. Teachers are there to give us information, but we are there to input that information and use it when needed. Many schools across the county are failing and because they are failing, some are even closing down, meaning that there will be less education for students. For that reason, we could try to raise funds for better materials and technology for schools in need. Creating a school report card could help students have access to better-performing schools. It can show what the school's weakest points are, which could help the school improve in those areas so that they can try their best to be a better-performing school. Becoming a better-performing school means that more students will join that school, and when more students join that school, the school earns more money, and when they earn more money, they will be better to pay for better technology and school supplies to help the school and it's students.

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
AaronP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that every student has a constitutional right to a decent education. Knowledge in my opinion is one of the most important things in this world. It can affect a child's future. Some children have the potential to become our future leaders or next the groundbreaking scientist. What if though they do go to a school that has a very poor education system. That can shut them off from their future. They do have to work for it though. If a student wants go to a higher academically performing school they have to show they can handle it. As for the failing schools they should have extra help for them to do academically well. Increase their funding give them some technology etc. I think that school report cards is a great way for parent to find out which schools are good and which school are failing. If we didn't have a constitutional right to a decent education America wouldn't be the great country it is today. Kids would be struggling. In conclusion i think that we should have a constitutional right to a decent education so that the future of America can stay bright and full of excellence.

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JoshP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I strongly believe that every student has a constitutional right to a decent education. Even though I believe that every student has a right to a decent education, students should have a right to a GREAT education. Students who go to a failing school shouldn't have to worry about how they won't be able to go to that good school they always wanted to go to. As long as they work hard and strive to get good grades and do well on the SAT, ACT, etc. To help these failing schools, more money should be given to these schools to hire more teachers, and more after school tutors. Creating a school report card would help students to have access to better-performing schools. The schools would see their good grades and see that they are a hard worker and accept them into their school. So even though I strongly believe students have a constitutional right to a decent education, it is more important to have a GREAT education.

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JosephP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that every student should have a decent education, but they must work harder if they would want a better education. Even if this right is not mentioned in the constitution students should still have the right to go to a better school if given the chance. If students were not to have a good education then who would be the person to lead America, who would come up with new medicine to cure the sick, or how would America even survive without the brilliant minds of today. Schools should let students in as long as they are willing to put in all their effort into the work they are given. In this economy if you don't have an education then you won't be able to get a job to earn money, which means you can't pay taxes to help the government. So if students are able to get a better education then they would be able to help the economy in many ways.

12/5/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
AndreaP1
Wong/Lorbeer
Every student has the constitutional right to a decent education but they must work harder to attend a higher-performing school. We now live in a world where the quality a person deserves is determined by the amount of money they have in their pocket. Although, that shouldn't be the case with education. The only thing that should be keeping a student from a better education is how hard they are willing to work. A decent education is essential to a brighter future but to receive a better education, a student must strive for excellence in both their academics and talents. If a student that is being given a decent education wants to attend a higher-performing school, they must work harder to meet that school's requirements. Creating a school report card does help students have access to better-performing schools. It is essential in parents keeping track on how good or bad their child is performing in school. In that case, they can monitor which areas their child needs improvement and guide them to improving if not excelling.

12/4/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Zoom P4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that every student has the right to a decent education. If students didn't at least get the fundamentals how would America prosper and survive, who would be our future leaders, how would anyone be able to lead America. Also without a decent education America could go into a dark age. If every student had a decent education America could thrive.

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Hannah
Rimas/Watertown High School
Every citizen should have a constitutional right to a decent education. As a country, it is our responsibility to raise up generations of kids who have access to a quality education. The education you receive should not be dependent on where in the country you live. The education you receive should prepare you for life after high school, no matter where that may be, and should be available for all citizens.

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Sofia Farhadi
Rimas/Watertown High School
Access to a decent public education is a constitutional right. If it is not "technically" a constitutional right, students should still be entitled to a decent education. If the issue is having too many students transfering, then students who are high-performing, or pass a certain test should be allowed access to a better school who have earned it.

12/4/2015
Watertown High School
Haider
Rimas/Watertown High School
Even if education is not a right without it the country's upcoming years would be devastating because most of the kids do not like school and if their parents can not afford it. Literally it's a yes from both sides. In a couple decades our country would be filled with illiterates. Make education free for all.

11/29/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
RaquelP1
Wong/Lorbeer
Every student has the constitutional right to a better education. Although this right is never mentioned in the constitution, it is essential in order to create the new leaders of tomorrow, as well as our future doctors, scientists, and other brilliant minds. If a student has the opportunity to attend a school better than the one they currently attend, they should not be denied the option to transfer. Everyone should have the ability to get the highest possible education they desire. In this economy, jobs are a necessity and most job requirements include a certain level of education. In order to achieve success in their jobs, it is crucial everyone should be able to achieve the skills necessary. To minimize the gap between high-performing and underperforming schools, the government should provide more financial support to the underperforming schools to ensure that the underperforming schools will be able to give the students the help they require.

11/17/2015
Diamond Bar,CA
Nathan
Wong/Lorbeer Middle School
Nathan 11/17/2015 Ramirez/Wong Diamond Bar, CA I believe everyone has a right to a education. If no one had a decent education our economy and workforce in the future wouldn't know what they're doing. No one would have the skills necessary to be successful in tomorrow's economy. Even though there is no mention of a guaranteed education for anybody in the constitution, it is clear that we need well educated people to run things in the future not ill-educated workers who never had a high school diploma. Overall even if access to a decent education is not constitutional its reasonable and could possibly be efficient

11/16/2015
Irving/TX
Alec
Etheridge/Nimitz
Every student has a constitutional right to a decent education, regardless of race gender, and beliefs. If a student wants to grow up and be successful, then he/she should have every right to find and achieve whatever level of education they want. For example, if a driven and intelligent student resides in a community that is mostly driven by poverty, and the teachers at the school where she attends believe their students have no chance in life, then she has every right to make a commotion to get an equal education that everyone else has assess to. (A student could also travel to another school if they are stubborn enough)

11/14/2015
Diamond Bar,CA
SharonP5
Wong/Lorbeer
After reading the following article, I believe that every student has the right to a better education. In order to become successful in the future, good education is very important. Access to a decent public school should be a constitutional right because being educated is essential. If you happen to go to a failing school, you should find a way to encourage others to make it a better learning experience. You can form a meeting with staff or go and create a petition. Creating a school report card is a very essential part of your education. If helps not only you, but also your parents keep track of how well you are doing in school. It gives you an idea on which area you need to improve in and which areas you have mastered well at. This creates a better understanding of how well you are doing so you are able to succeed and do well in the future.

11/13/2015
Murrieta
Xiara
Jabro/ Creekside
I believe that as Americans we should have the constitutional right to a decent education. I think that the educators should meet specific standards kn order to teach and prove they can, before they are given a room full of students. I believe that since in our day in age, you can't do much without an education, everyone should have the right to have access to one. Education is very important, because people are teaching our next generation of leaders, our next presidents and our next doctors. School should be done correctly, which means actually learning the material, not just focusing on passing a class.

11/12/2015
Murrieta, CA
Xiara S
Jabro/ Crekside
I believe that the right to decent public education should be a right due to the fact society doesn't make jobs for people who are uneducated. I believe that the government should partake in the effort to make sure everyone gets a decent education, so the next generations to come are well educated and know what they are expected of doing. I believe that if on is failing school, help should be given to that person, because not everyone learns the same, and those who learn differently shouldn't have to suffer either.

11/11/2015
Irving/TX
Noe Araiza
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe having the right to decent education is necessary. The American Dream is based off of being successful and striving for excellence correct? Having a proper education is imperative to becoming successful in the future. The need for education is increasing as the world is advancing. Public education should be a constitutional right , knowledge is the most important thing we as humans have and having a good education in this country could benefit us in so many great ways.

11/11/2015
Irving/Texas
Jonathan
Etheridge/Nimitz
Now if it was up to me, education would be a constitutional right because at least everyone deserves the opportunity to an education. But I would not make it constitutional to attend a preparatory, or a school of that nature, just to get the "right" or "proper" education. An education is an education, and everyone would have the same requirements as any other child. However if a parent wanted to go out of their way to ensure their child receives the best education that they think they deserve, then I will not stop them, and I would allow the child to continue on. So it should be constitutional to have an education, but the quality of it is based on the parents.

11/9/2015
murrieta
austen h
jabro
Creating a school report card would not help with the education crisis. Every parent would want their children to attend the best or better school in their district. But who would want to willingly choose the bad school? The schools constantly scoring bad should be put under the spotlight for a new system.

11/6/2015
Irving/Tx
Hernan
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe access to a decent public education should be something that everyone should have. The need for education is increasing as the world is advancing. The problem isn't with the students but the government's lack of funding. The gap between the performance levels of public schools needs to be shortened because the different areas where one might live might be affected by its surroundings either being good or bad. Not having a good school close by. Also, schools might still have good teachers and classes and only be judged by the bad performance of regular classes. Everyone should be able to have a good education.

11/6/2015
Irving / TX
Xiomara
Etheridge / Nimitz
Public education should be a constitutional right , knowledge is the mos important thing we as humans have and having a good education in this country could benefit us in so many great ways. School do need bigger budgets to do more experiments or have trips to make school and learning fun.

11/5/2015
Irving/Texas
Cesar
Etheridge/Nimitz
Everyone should have a access to not only decent education but also higher education.We as a nation have been in a downfall when it comes to ranks in subjects such as Science and Math.I believe the reason for this is because most school districts are putting the necessary emphasis on these courses. most schools don't even have the newest textbooks or even old textbooks for each student.We are putting more money into things of the present instead of the kids which they call the future

11/2/2015
Irving/Texas
Anthony
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe that having an education is like buying the basic pack of a product. The purpose of being in America is to be well-educated to have a better future. Furthermore, having the right to have a decent education should always be available to anyone. Although there are people that choose to abuse that and choose not to pay attention towards having the freedom of having an education, their consequences will show in the future. Considering the fact that the title of this argument calls it a "basic education", it really shouldn't be called that, because in reality anybody can make the best of it and even get a full ride to one of the most expensive yet smartest colleges here in the U.S. No matter if a certain amount of people decide not to use that right to their advantage, It should always give anyone the right to be educated.

10/31/2015
Irving/TX
Kendyl
Etheridge/Nimitz High
First and foremost, I believe this is a question that shouldn't even of displayed because it's a sense of common knowledge. A decent education is a constitutional right because without the proper education being given unto you, your life would be terribly hard to try and become successful. You need education to provide for yourself and make the world a better by the things that you learn while you are in school. Also, if you go to a failing school, you should be able to have a conference with the administrators to find ways on how to make the school a better living environment for everyone inside. Report cards are essential because we need to know the grades that we make, so with that being said, it gives you a chance to correct or turn in missing assignments which would in turn improve your grades overall.

10/30/2015
Murrieta, ca
Gary
Jabro- Creekside High School
Yes I believe access to a decent public education is a constitutional right.To lessen the gap between higher and under performing schools, more money should be allocated to struggling schools. This is where the students that need the most help are located, and taking even more money away from them will not solve anything. This is exactly what taxes are for- to fund money to areas in communities that need fixing.

10/29/2015
Irving/TX
Scarlett
Etheridge/Nimitz
The problem with the question of education goes back to the government and the lack of funding to the school system. Education funding has dwindled while military spending continues to increase. In poor-performing schools and districts, the children are taught from a young age that college is too expensive for them to afford, so many of them spend their time and energy on finding or working a job rather than on school. The cost of higher education is likely a key factor in the issue of under performing schools, and changing district lines is not going to solve this problem.

10/20/2015
Irving/tx
Kayla
Etheridge/nimitz
I believe access to a decent public education is a constitutional right because you can't really work anywhere or do much without a high school education at least. It's a gift to learn and everybody should have a right to it. I know not everyone learns the same so maybe different schools are good thing. I think people should be able to go whereever they want to or where they learn best.

10/20/2015
Irving/TX
Katherine
Etheridge/Nimitz
Allowing children to transfer to higher performing schools will not solve the issue of the performance gap. The US education system needs an overhaul- the flawed practices we use today just aren't holding up. Cutting the budget of low performing schools will only increase the gap. Money should be equally distributed based on school size. Don't pay schools, pay the students. Allocate the same amount of funds per student to each school. This way we can be sure that no child is left behind. Revenue generated by any school should go into a district fund to benefit the whole area. This is the only way we can begin to address the problem.

10/20/2015
Murrieta, CA
Jakob
Mr. Jabro Creekside High school
it doesn't matter what color you are as long you are living in the United States and you are a Citizen of this country, you deserve a decent education because if you think about the youth in our country today will be the people that can fix it in a few years time along with the people who will be running this country.

10/19/2015
Murrieta,CA
Casey
MrJabro
It shouldn't matter if you are black or white, poor or rich, fat or skinny, ugly or pretty, it shouldnt matter at all when it comes to education. Any child, unless illegal, should have the right to join any public school around. Private schools may say no or other schools but when it comes to public schools, or schools in general, they should accept any child and give them something thatll help them get by. It should be a right to any American citizen to go to any public school without anything stopping the kids from learning.

10/14/2015
Murrieta Ca
Corey
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside high school
Public education should be a constitutional right, but rather than support school that are preforming well we should focus our attention to the needs of the failing schools. Giving them a bigger budget in order to meet their needs and improve is important for helping them get back on track rather than forcing them to work with even less.

10/14/2015
Murrieta/CA
Joshua
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside high school
I believe access to a decent public education is a constitutional right because its a need to survive in the world we live in and with a decent education we could be able to improve the world. If you go to a failing school to increase your performance you could use a report card. Yes creating a report card would help kids perform better because they could track their progress.

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