AND A CULTURE
PRIOR TO ABBOTT II, THE ELC'S COMPENSATORY VISION WAS in essence a proposal framed and proffered to the courts. The legal translation of this vision and its acceptance in court did influence the language of public debate and, later, the agendas and decisions of other key political actors and institutions, in addition to the courts. But the judges were the target audience, and the courts were the primary location for the assertion of claims. Now, after Abbott II, the discursive universe constituted by this vision and its rendition as law would become deeply embedded in state politics and culture. The vision became constitutional law, and constitutional law in turn structured the enactment of policies that elaborated the vision in the form of more specific concepts and categories. The policies determined the allocation of money for public education. Money and education touch most people deeply—and right where they live. After Abbott II, various new interests formed, and preexisting
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Publication information: Book title: Framing Equal Opportunity: Law and the Politics of School Finance Reform. Contributors: Michael Paris - Author. Publisher: Stanford Law Books. Place of publication: Stanford, CA. Publication year: 2010. Page number: 125.
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