Are there any jurisdictions in the United States that do not provide a free education for children who are bona-fide residents of the jurisdiction?
I recall that there was a row several decades ago in Virginia’s Prince Edward County where the County temporarily shut down the local school system rather than racially integrate it as ordered. Could such a thing legally happen today? If a jurisdiction does not provide a free public education, does the Federal Government automatically step in and provide education in a Federal school or offer tuition money for another school?
I suppose (but don’t really know) that really and truly-o uninhabited jurisdictions such as Howland Island don’t have school systems. If people actually moved there, would children be entitled to demand a free public education, either at a school in the jurisdiction itself or elsewhere?
In a nutshell, does the fact that children in the US are generally offered a free public education apply because State, Territorial, Local, etc. governments have been gracious enough to provide it, or is there an overriding Constitutional or Federal Law principle that requires it? If public education is not actually an entitlement, are there actually any jurisdictions that do not provide it?
Bill: “I’m thinking about moving to Baker County. Homes are cheaper there and there is a train station where I can ride into the city for work.”
Joe: “Don’t do that! One of the reasons that Baker County is so inexpensive to live in is because families don’t want to live there because Baker County does not provide public education to children. If you live there and want your kids to get an education, you have to homeschool them or send them to a private school at your expense.”