- NY Budget's Constitutional Scorecard: Insufficient Progress Toward Providing Sound Basic Education
The legislature has now enacted and the governor has signed into law the 2013-14 state budget. The Campaign for Educational Equity releases a scorecard tracking the state's progress in complying with students' constitutional right to a sound basic education.
- Letter to New York Senators: Restore $240 Million in State Aid to NYC
Attorney Michael Rebell joins education advocates in calling on six New York State Senators, all of whom are from New York City, to support legislation that restores state aid to city schools.
- Policy Recommendations for State Aid
The Campaign for Educational Equity recommends that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature take immediate action to fix state funding for a sound basic education.
- National Education Commission Calls for Sufficient Resources and Comprehensive Educational Opportunities for All Kids
For Each and Every Child, the recently-released report of the national Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education, presents a thorough analysis of the educational crisis facing the country and offers detailed recommendations for what local, state and federal governments need to do to ensure educational opportunity and educational equity. The Congressionally-ordered report was endorsed unanimously by all of its members, a diverse group of the country's leading educational policy experts, including the Campaign's executive director Michael A. Rebell.
- Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal
The state must tackle the big job of determining the specific resources and services necessary to ensure all students the opportunity for a sound basic education, assess the actual cost of providing them cost-effectively in each school, and create a responsible plan for putting the resources in place.
- The Campaign for Educational Equity Releases Safeguarding Sound Basic Education Reports
After an extensive analysis of 33 high-needs schools in New York, the Campaign for Educational Equity released two reports this month that reveal New York is failing to provide all students a constitutionally mandated quality education.
- Michael Rebell Publishes New Article on Judicial Responses to Budget Cuts
In an extensive treatise published in the Albany Law Review, Rebell writes that every federal and state court, in years past and since the 2008 recession, has found that "constitutional rights cannot be put on hold because of a recession."
- Gov. Cuomo Establishes Education Reform Commission: Rebell to Press Funding and Equity Issues
Governor Cuomo Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order yesterday creating the New York Education Reform Commission. Michael A. Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, will be one of the commissioners.
- Michael Rebell's "The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity" is Published by the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review
In this March, 2012 Harvard Civil Rights-'"Civil Liberties Law Review article, Rebell seeks to establish a statutory and Constitutional basis for the right to a comprehensive educational opportunity for all children in the United States.
- N.Y. Conferences Seek to "Safeguard Sound Basic Education in Hard Economic Times"
Seeking to better define and secure the essential resources, supports, and services students need, even in times of fiscal constraint, the Campaign for Educational Equity convened two conferences in Albany and New York City. At these events, the group released "Reviewing Resources," its preliminary report on the availability of basic educational resources in high-needs New York City schools.
- U.S. Department of Education Establishes Committee to Analyze Equity in Education Finance
Michael A. Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and of the National Access Network at Teachers College, Columbia University, is one of the 28 education advocates, civil rights leaders, scholars, lawyers, and corporate leaders appointed to this national commission.
- The Campaign Releases Video Streaming for Oct. 11th Achievable and Affordable Panel
Following the recent forum, "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students," the Campaign for Educational Equity releases the video streaming from the Oct. 11 panel.
- The Campaign for Educational Equity Issues Five New White Papers
In preparation for the up-and-coming forum, "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students," the Campaign for Educational Equity Releases the five white papers that will be discussed at the Oct. 11th event.
- Panel at Harvard to Dicuss Prof. Rebell's Proposal for Establishing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity as a Legal Right
On October 13, 2011, Professor Michael A. Rebell will be speaking at the Harvard Law School about his forthcoming article "The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity" which will be published early next year by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
- Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students.
On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, the Campaign for Educational Equity will issue five new white papers and will host an important forum on these reports, "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students."
- Public Schools Should Not Depend on Private Money
On today's New York Times opinion page, Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff of the Campaign for Educational Equity write that public schools' growing dependence on private philanthropy to provide basic services is not good public policy.
- Rebell Finds NY School Cuts Unconstitutional
In the New York Daily News, the professor of education and law and a lead attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case in New York, argues that Governor Cuomo's proposed budget violates New York State's constitution.
- CEE releases 'Building a Sustained School Facilities Remedy: Arizona's Innovative Blueprint for Capital Funding'
The Campaign for Educational Equity releases today the third report in its Education, Equity, and the Law series, "Building a Sustained School Facilities Remedy: Arizona's Innovative Blueprint for Capital Funding" written by Molly A. Hunter, the director of Education Justice at the Education Law Center. "Building a Sustained School Facilities Remedy" analyzes the success of Arizona's statewide process for financing and building school facilities, which is a result of the 1998 Students FIRST Act, an education quality lawsuit that established the Arizona School Facilities Board. The author gives an overview of this litigation and its effects in Arizona, including the progress of the School Facilities Board in funding new building and renovation, and areas where the funding mechanism still falls short. [download report]
- Stimulating Equity? A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of the Federal Stimulus Act on Educational Opportunity
The final version of the Campaign for Educational Equity's 20-state report entitled “Stimulating Equity? A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of the Federal Stimulus Act on Educational Opportunity” was released last month. Written by Michael A. Rebell, Jessica R. Wolff and Daniel A. Yaverbaum, a draft version of the paper was presented by the authors at the Campaign’s Fifth Annual Symposium, held on February 8-9, 2010. The final report is available for download here.
- Healthier Students Are Better Learners: A Missing Link in Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap
The Campaign for Educational Equity releases today the latest report in its Equity Matters series,"Healthier Students Are Better Learners." The report focuses on "educationally relevant health disparities" in seven areas -- vision; asthma; teen pregnancy; aggression and violence; physical activity; breakfast; and inattention and hyperactivity -- that disproportionately affect the educational opportunities and outcomes of urban minority youth.
- Equity Symposium Asks: Where Is $100 Billion in Education Aid Going?
The federal government is showering states with $100 billion in aid to schools. This year's Equity Symposium, February 8 and 9, examines whether that money is going toward improving schools for poor children.
- TC's Rebell Says Governor's School Budget Cuts are Unconstitutional
New York Governor Paterson announced on Tuesday five-percent cuts to state allocations to public schools. Michael Rebell, Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at TC, says the cuts would violate New York State's constitution.
- Updated Chart: Equity Campaign Analysis: Federal Stimulus Funding for Education: Are States Meeting the Goals?
The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has now approved the applications for initial federal stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Renewal Act of 2009 (ARRA) for 49 of the 50 states; Pennsylvania, which has been involved in a protracted dispute with federal officials over funding for state-related universities, is the only state whose application is still pending approval. The information the states have submitted raises serious questions about whether the stated purposes of the Act -- stabilizing education funding, facilitating the continuation of equity and adequacy formula adjustments and promoting education reforms to boost student achievement -- are being met.
- Substantial Yet Not Sufficient: Kentucky's Effort to Build Proficiency for Each and Every Child
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You can now read the second report in the Equity Campaign's Education, Equity, and the Law series, "Substantial and Yet Not Sufficient: Kentucky's Effort to Build Proficiency for Each and Every Child." Written by Susan Perkins Weston, independent consultant working on Kentucky education issues, and Robert F. Sexton, executive director of the Prichard Committee, the report provides an analytic overview of the origins, impact and implications of Kentucky's landmark educational adequacy litigation, Rose v. Council for Better Education . It provides important new material and insights regarding the political mobilization for school reform, legislative action, statewide implementation, and recent fiscal difficulties that have occurred over the past 20 years since the case was decided. The authors make their case that Kentucky's 1989 court ruling and 1990 legislation unquestionably led to substantive improvement for all students in the state. Based on their experience, they also share a set of thoughts about what counts as successful work to build school systems that serve all students well.
- Reframing Family Involvement in Education: Supporting Families to Support Educational Equity
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The Equity Campaign releases the latest paper in its Equity Matters series in which authors lay out a reframed approach to family involvement as a key component of comprehensive learning. The authors present a detailed review of the research and evaluation literature through this lens and tackle questions such as: How do families support academic development, and what kinds of supports are demonstrably related to academic development and school success? Is there evidence that family involvement interventions in fact pay off in better outcomes? What are the implications of the research and intervention literature for developing more strongly evidence-based approaches to family involvement?
- New Jersey's Decades-Long School Finance Case: So, What's the Payoff?
In its pathbreaking Abbott v. Burke decision in 1990, the New Jersey Supreme Court laid the groundwork for providing extra state resources for 32 poor, urban school districts, dubbed the Abbott districts. On November 11 at a forum at Teachers College, four legal and education specialists assessed how successful the Abbott districts have been in providing equitable educational opportunities, and what the future holds for them as they lose their special-funding status.
- Abbott v. Burke: Has the Landmark School Funding Case Improved Student Outcomes?
- CEE Director Speaks before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Michael Rebell, director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, was a featured speaker in Geneva this week at an expert seminar for the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The two-day meeting aims to inform the Committee on issues related to its future role in the implementation of the "Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights."
- From English Language Learners to Emergent Bilinguals
- Emergent Bilinguals: How Policy Has Misunderstood a National Resource
|English language learners are making scant progress in overcoming the achievement gap, not only because of inadequate funding, but also because federal and state educational policy actually create stumbling blocks by prohibiting or discouraging the use of the educational practices that research has clearly shown to be most effective for their needs. This was the basic message that Ofelia Garcia, Professor of Bilingual Education at Teachers College, Columbia University delivered to a standing room only audience on January 30, 2008.|
- Can After-School Programs Help Level the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth?
- New Book Acclaims Adequacy Litigations
Countering the recent slew of books by Eric Hanushek, Al Lindseth, Paul Peterson and other critics of education adequacy and sound basic education litigations, a new book by Michael A. Rebell argues that successful outcomes in these cases, which have been initiated in dozens of states, is essential if the United States is to achieve its stated policy goals of eliminating achievement gaps and providing equal educational opportunity to all children.
- New Report: Can After-School Programs Help Level the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth?
The Campaign for Educational Equity releases today the latest report in its Equity Matters series, "Can After-School Programs Help Level the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth?" (Research Review No. 4). The report was written by researchers Margo Gardner and Jodie L. Roth of the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and co-director of NCCF.
- Campaign for Educational Equity Announces "Stimulating Equity?" Project
The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University recently launched an in-depth research effort to evaluate the impact of the ARRA on state education systems around the country. The ARRA has created a unique opportunity for nation-wide education reform, as it infuses billions of new dollars into state education funds and includes specific language in support of adequacy and equity. The Campaign seeks to evaluate States' efforts to advance reform in four key areas outlined in the act...
- Has NCLB Improved Teacher Quality?
At a forum hosted by TC's Campaign for Educational Equity, a former Bush Administration education official argues that the "highly qualified teacher" provision of Bush's signature No Child Left Behind law has had no demonstrable impact.
- American Early Childhood: Preventing or Perpetuating Inequity?
- Stimulus Bill Promotes Stable, Adequate Funding
The $789 billion federal stimulus bill recently passed by Congress allocates roughly $100 billion for educational purposes. This figure is almost double the U.S. Department of Education's $59.2 billion discretionary budget---and gives promise to education advocates that the Obama administration will live up to its commitment to reform and improve education in the United States.
- Rebell Op-Ed: Slashing the city schools budget is illegal, unfair and unwise
Michael Rebell has written an opinion article in response to New York State's move to cut education funding to address the state's looming fiscal deficit. In it, Rebell asserts budget cuts for New York City's schools is in violation of the compliance order in the state's school funding suit. He presents a solution with national implications, linking school funding shortfalls with a national agenda to stimulate the economy.
- Obama and Comprehensive Educational Equity
While on the campaign trail, President-elect Barack Obama pledged to revise and improve the quality of education in the United States. In July 2007, he announced a plan to address simultaneously the problems of poverty and education by creating twenty "promise neighborhoods" based on the model of the Harlem Children's Zone. This announcement was a significant step in advancing the concept of comprehensive educational equity, i.e. the notion that to overcome the achievement gap, the broad needs of children from poverty backgrounds in areas like the health, nutrition, and early childhood education must be met.
- Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap
At TC's Fourth Annual Symposium on Educational Equity, a star-studded cast of researchers, educators and policymakers argued for nothing less than a full-scale attempt to combat poverty and its attendant ills. Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director of TC's Campaign for Educational Equity, which organized and hosted the symposium, argued that access for children and families to what he calls "comprehensive educational equity" -- in essence, a full range of services -- should be viewed as a moral, statutory and constitutional right.
- Researchers Target Poverty as Key Barrier to Closing U.S. Education Gap
To overcome its education achievement gap, America must institute a comprehensive program of educational and social services to address the broad effects of poverty on millions of the nation's schoolchildren. Such a program could be delivered to 1 million students from families whose incomes fall within 75 percent to 125 percent of the federal poverty line at an approximate cost of $15,000 per student. These and other findings will be presented at TC on November 17th and 18th at the College's fourth annual Symposium on Educational Equity.
- PRAISE FOR "MOVING EVERY CHILD AHEAD"
|Moving Every Child Ahead: From NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity by the Equity Campaign's Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff is being called a "rare" contribution that "advances an intellectual and legal framework for how the federal role might actually be re-shaped."|
- Rebell: "No Child" Being Left Behind in the Presidential Race
For the next president, one of the first domestic challenges will be to reshape the No Child Left Behind law, hailed six years ago as a bipartisan solution to America's education troubles. But in their race for the White House, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are distancing themselves from what has become a tainted brand.
- Rebell Op-Ed: NYC Breaks Faith with Schools
NYC's schools are looking at drastic budget cuts for the 2008-2009 school year - $428 million total. Yet, the irony is that after years of litigation against the state to provide additional funding and a historic $5.2 billion settlement, it's now the city that plans to shortchange its own schools.
- Student Conference Highlights Equity Issues Faced by Students at TC and in Public Schools
What is the difference between barely passing and barely failing an exam? Technically, just mere points, but for students taking high school exit exams, it can mean the difference between graduating and dropping out, even when there are opportunities to retake the test. Such were the findings of a study presented at the 1st annual Student Research Conference on Educational Equity at Teachers College in April.
- Tough Questions, Provocative Answers, Lively Debate
TC's Equity Forum Are Packing in the Crowds-'"and Outlining the Future of Education Research
- Student Research Conference on Educational Equity
On April 24, the Campaign for Educational Equity held its first Student Research Conference on Educational Equity. This conference was designed to showcase ongoing student work on equity issues in all departments and to increase discussion among students and faculty across disciplines.
- Class-Size Reduction: Policy, Politics and Imlications for Equity
- TC's Equity Research a Presence at AERA
Teachers College made a significant contribution to the body of research on educational equity at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting this April.
- The Campaign Launches Major Equity Research Initiative
Based on its commitment to a comprehensive approach to addressing educational inequalities, the Campaign for Educational Equity has launched a major Research Initiative, under the direction of Professor Amy Stuart Wells, Deputy Director for Research. Read More...
- Smaller Classes: They Can Help, But They're No Silver Bullet
Ask the average parent or teacher what change they'd most like to see in their school, and there's a good chance the answer will be "smaller classes." Now a new review of major research on the subject finds that reduced class size is far from a universal panacea...
- Reassessing the Achievement Gap: Fully Measuring What Students Should Be Taught in School
On February 21, the Equity Campaign hosted the Equity in Education Forum, "Reassessing the Achievement Gap" in which Richard Rothstein presented a report commissioned by the Campaign for Education Equity that details his ideas for reforming the National Assessment of Educational Progress to more accurately demonstrate student achievement.
- Beyond NCLB Hype: A New Agenda for the New Administration
- Assessing Achievement Gaps Comprehensively
The problem with a "what-gets-measured-gets-done" approach is that "what doesn't get measured doesn't get done," says Richard Rothstein, Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute and Senior Researcher at the Campaign for Educational Equity.
- NCLB Should Ease Universal Proficiency Targets, New Book Argues; Focus Instead on Greater Educational Opportunity
|On March 5th, Michael Rebell will make recommendations for reforming NCLB. Moderated by Arlene Ackerman, incoming Superintendent of the Philadelphia Public Schools, the event will feature Jack Jennings of Center on Education Policy and Thomas Rogers from the NYS Council of State Superintendents as respondents. |
- Ed Week: Researchers Want NAEP to Measure More Than Academics
On February 21, the Equity Campaign hosted the Equity in Education Forum, "Reassessing the Achievement Gap" in which Richard Rothstein presented a report commissioned by the Campaign for Education Equity that details his ideas for reforming the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The following article on Rothstein's report appears in Education Week.
- Recommended Readings
|Since 2005, Equity Campaign has hosted an annual symposium to advance the conversation on how we can close the achievement gap and have real equal opportunity for all. The following are recently published books that have stemmed from these conversations that we recommend to anyone interested in educational equity issues.|
- EdFunding Matters Blog: New Hampshire's Imprudent Attempt to Tamper with Constitutional Principles
The New Hampshire legislature is currently considering a proposal by Governor John Lynch to adopt a ludicrous constitutional amendment that would repeal the two-centuries-old provision that imposes a duty on the state to provide a constitutionally adequate education to every child and to guarantee adequate funding. Read More...
- Pursuing equal educational opportunity in a post-Brown world
TC's Equity Symposium asks: Can the state finance suits fill the gap as the Supreme Court retreats on integration?
- Can School Finance Suits in State Courts Safeguard Brown v. Board of Ed? Should They?
The 2007 Equity Symposium: Nov. 12-13, 2007 at Teachers College, Columbia University
*Watch the live webcast or listen to audio podcasts here *
- Rebell: 'Adequacy' Movement Is Alive and Thriving
Contrary to the assertions of Alfred A. Lindseth, the education-adequacy-litigation movement is alive, well, and achieving extraordinary successes.
- Book Reviews: School Funding Wars
"Courting Failure: How School Finance Lawsuits Exploit Judges' Good Intentions and Harm Our Children" edited by Eric A. Hanushek
"School Money Trials: the Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy," edited by Martin R. West & Paul E. Peterson
- Reauthorizing NCLB: New Recommendations from the Leaders of The Campaign for Educational Equity
Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff have released a summary of a far-reaching set of recommendations for changing the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which is up for Congressional reauthorization this year.
- Welcome to The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University
The Campaign for Educational Equity is an exciting new undertaking for Teachers College. Read how we envision working together to promote equal educational opportunity and make an impact in the city and the entire nation.
- Educational Equity and the U.S. Constitution
On September 17, Michael Rebell of the Campaign for Educational Equity will host a Constitution Day forum to discuss how the U.S. Constitution has shaped the opportunity for educational equity in our nation's schools.
- Making the CFE Money Matter in NYC Schools
Unhappy with New York City's efforts to lay out a sound plan for how they will spend the hard-fought CFE funds this year, Michael Rebell went on the record to criticize the NYC Department of Education's Contract for Excellence (C4E).
- TC's Equity Campaign Teams with the Harlem Children's Zone
TC's Campaign for Educational Equity is partnering with the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of HCZ's system of early and progressive interventions aimed at improving health and educational opportunities for preschool-aged children.
- The Gaps Don't Seem to Be Closing
Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman set the stage for a two-day marathon in which researchers presented new data about NCLB and debated whether and how to fix the law, which was first enacted in 2002.
- Rebell and Hanushek Clash on Role of the Courts
Debating before a packed plenary session at the annual American Education Finance Association Conference in Baltimore last Saturday, Michael A. Rebell and Erik Hanushek presented radically different assessments of the courts' ability to contribute to essential educational reform.
- Bipartisan NCLB Commission Releases Final Report and Recommendations
The bipartisan Commission on No Child Left Behind, established by the Aspen Institute, released their long awaited final report this week detailing the "shortcomings" of the law and proposing a series of recommendations for improving NCLB as it comes up for reauthorization this year.
- Rebell Criticizes Mayor's New Funding Formula
Campaign Executive Director criticizes Mayor Bloomberg's proposed funding formula in today's Daily News. "The plan unveiled last week by Mayor Bloomberg for further restructuring of the New York City school system has many good points, but the proposal to alter the city's school financing system is not one of them," said Rebell.
- Booker's Bottom Line: It's a Question of Desire
Not long after he became Mayor of Newark this past spring, Cory Booker took two young men to dinner who had spray-painted death threats to him on the wall of their school. The dinner went well -- "they were good kids," Booker told his listeners at the close of TC's second annual Symposium on Educational Equity -- but at one point, the Mayor realized that his guests couldn't decipher their choice of entrees.
- Only the Bathwater -- Or the Baby, Too?
If there was a central question at issue during the College's recent two-day symposium on the federal No Child Left Behind Act, it was if the country should set its sights on more realistic achievement targets than NCLB presently endorses.
- Mayor Cory A. Booker to Keynote Second Annual Equity Symposium
Newark, New Jersey's Cory A. Booker will deliver the closing keynote address on Tuesday, November 14th at 4PM at the Campaign for Educational Equity's second annual symposium, "Examining America's Commitment to Closing Achievement Gaps: NCLB and Its Alternatives."