It is a basic American right.
It is a privilege.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
And, that's just further evidence that education is not a right -- if you have the right to something, you can choose to NOT exercise that right to that something.
Unless, of course, you agree that the government can compell you to vote or own a gun or go to a church (of your choice).
When we talk about education we are generally talking about being able to walk into a school building(which costs money to build), be taught by a teacher(who commands a salary and benefits), using books, lab equipment, computers and other resources to teach subject material.
This is once again a confusion on the part of people assuming a right, when discussing a resource. Education is a resource, that costs time and money to provide. Rights don't cost money to provide. It does not cost the tax payer one penny for people to have the right to free speech, practice of religion, or bear arms. It does cost tax payers to provide education/healthcare/etc...
Now, is it in the best interest of a government to provide access to education? Yes, I believe so. Having an educated populace is more beneficial than an uneducated, or sparsely educated population. However, I believe that education should remain a state issue, rather than a federal issue.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
State-supplied/sponsored education, like K-12 thru state schools, is a privilege, in that the state provides it to you. It need not do so; that you have it only because the state gives it to you means it is a privilege.
State-sponsnored secondary education, like 2/4 year colleges, is a privilege as well.
The state requires you to have an education consistent with its curriculum; it does not require you to obtain that education from any specific source.
I disagree SD. Education, in the U.S. at this point, in regards to schools is a privledge that the government chooses to provide and theoritically could, at any time, stop providing it if it so wished. So long as it does provide it though, due to other laws, it must administer it universally.
However, even if laws changed and public education ceased to be offered by the government, the right to education would still be present because people could still strive to individually learn new information.
Public Education in the United States is a federally mandated/funded privledge, not a right.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.