The two findings allowed the state to continue its school financing plan as long as it was "rationally related to a legitimate state interest. The case advanced through the courts system, providing victory to the Edgewood parents until it reached the Supreme Court in Edgewood Independent School District v.
The school districts in the San Antonio area, and generally in Texas, had a long history of financial inequity. The most significant new member was Justice Lewis Powell, who proved to be the swing vote in the Rodriguez case.
Kirbya Texas decision recognizing that unequal funding of public school districts violated the Texas State Constitution.
North East had Rodriguez presented evidence that school districts in the wealthy, primarily white, areas of town, most notably the north-side Alamo Heights Independent School District, were able to contribute a much higher amount per child than Edgewood, a poor, minority area.
From the trial brief, Dr. North East had 9. Edgewood is a poor district with a low tax base.
Jose Cardenas, Superintendent of Schools, Edgewood Independent School District testified to the problem in his affidavit, the following information: As a result, its ad valorem tax revenue falls far short of the monies available in other Bexar County school districts.
He also found that Texas had not created a suspect class related to poverty. Background[ edit ] The lawsuit was brought by members of the Edgewood Concerned Parent Association representing their children and similarly situated students.
With this inequitable financing of its schools, Edgewood cannot hire sufficient qualified personnel, nor provide the physical facilities, library books, equipment and supplies afforded by other Bexar County Districts.
They contended that the "Texas method of school financing violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U. To illustrate, the Edgewood residents are making a high tax effort, have burdened themselves with one of the highest proportion of bonded indebtedness in the county to pay for capital improvements and, never, in the history of the district have they failed to approve a bond issue.
It was therefore, not anywhere protected by the Constitution. Eventually, the school districts were dropped from the case, leaving only the State of Texas as the defendant.Aug 22, · The Internet's Best Resource for Shotgun Information.
San Antonio Independent School District v.
Rodriguez, U.S. 1 (), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that San Antonio Independent School District's financing system, which was based on local property taxes, was not an unconstitutional violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause.