Essay on Education Is Not A Fundamental Right Under The United States

1646 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Education is not a fundamental right under the Constitution of the United States (San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, 1973). However, with 71% of students seeking a bachelor’s degree facing college debt, it is time to reconsider whether higher education should be made a right -- free from the tuition costs and loans that befall students seeking a degree in higher education (Sparshott, 2015). Considering the policy process, this paper will analyze the implementation steps needed to afford the right of education to every citizen within the United States. The policy process – how ideas become translated into policy and outcomes, is an important aspect of free higher education. Policy is where social change happens in education. Without the policy process, legislation would not develop or be implemented and education affordability would not change. In Kraft and Furlongs 2015 book, the policy implementation follows the Policy Process Model, where legislation is conceived by progressing through stages – agenda setting, policy formulation and legitimation, policy implementation, policy and program evaluation and policy revision (Kraft & Furlong, 2015). These stages are interchangeable and can be mixed and combined to created different combinations of stages. Recent policies dealing with education have been focused at both the federal and state level. The 114th Congress has introduced over 600 bills dealing with education. Of those 600, one deals directly with…

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