Since 2005, the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University has hosted an annual equity 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. The descriptions of the books come from the publishers.
The Price We Pay: Economic and Social Consequences of Inadequate Education
Clive Belfield and Henry M. Levin, eds., Brookings Institution Press 2007 c. 304 pp
While the high cost of education draws headlines, the cost of not educating
Moving Every Child Ahead: From NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity
Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff, Teachers College Press 2008 c. 208 pp.
Foreword by Susan Fuhrman
Here, for the first time, is the essential volume on NCLB. In “Moving Every Child Ahead,” Michael Rebell—education law scholar and foremost authority on the educational rights of children who led the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) in its constitutional challenge to New York’s education finance system—and his colleague Jessica Wolff examine the federal No Child Left Behind Act through the lens of educational equity. In compelling and readable fashion, they make specific recommendations for revisions to the law.
Acting as a counterbalance to the current unworkable law, this book proposes a more realistic way to achieve NCLB’s inspiring vision by ensuring the right to “meaningful educational opportunity” for all students.