Equity in Education Legal Database v0.1

Related Laws and Acts

Due Process

Equal Protection Clause



Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (PARC) v. Commonwealth (1972)


An association advocating for children with disabilities sought assistance from the court to gain access to the public education system. Prior to this time, children with disabilities were deprived of education because of the expense to the school to educate them appropriately. The court determined that saving funds was not a legitimate goal because uneducated children would ultimately become a greater drain on public funds. In the case of PARC v. Commonwealth, the Equal Protection Clause was found to be violated. As in the Brown and Bolling decisions, another case, Mills v. Board of Education was tried alongside this one in order to include the District of Columbia by invoking Due Process.


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Imber, Michael and Tyll van Geel (2004). Education Law (3rd ed.). Mahwah, MJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, p. 255.
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