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et al. v. Rodriguez San Antonio School District et al.

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San Antonio Independent School District, et al.


Demetrio P. Rodriguez, et al.

Appellant's Claim

The state of Texas financed public education in such a way as to discriminate against children living in poor school districts.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Charles Alan Wright

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Arthur Gochman

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 March 1973


That Texas statutes which regulated the financing of public schools based on property taxes in each school district and resulting in per-student funding disparities between the districts did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Related Cases

  • Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923).
  • Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).
  • McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948).
  • Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
  • Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963).
  • Shapiro v. Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969).
  • Graham v. Richardson, 403 U.S. 365 (1971).

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