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Michael A. Rebell is Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College.  Previously, Mr. Rebell co-founded and served as Executive Director of The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), which won a major constitutional ruling on behalf of New York City public schools. Mr. Rebell is one of the nation's foremost authorities on the education adequacy movement in the United States and has pioneered the legal theory and strategy of educational adequacy.  In the last 15 years, this legal strategy has proven successful in almost 75% of the cases challenging a state's failure to provide students with a sound, basic education. Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous class-action lawsuits especially on behalf of students with disabilities, including the landmark New York State case, Jose P. v. Mills. He has written two books (Equity and Education and Education Policymaking and the Courts) and several dozen articles on a wide range of education issues, including educational equity, education finance, testing, rights of disabled students and dropout prevention. Mr. Rebell is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Edmund W. Gordon is the Senior Advisor to the Campaign for Educational Equity and Co-Director of the Campaign's Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative (AERI).  He is also the Richard March Hoe Professor, Emeritus of Psychology and Education and founding Director of the Institute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Gordon is also the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Yale University and the Senior Scholar in Residence at the College Board. In 2004, The Educational Testing Service created the Edmund W. Gordon Chair in Evaluation, Research and Policy in his honor. In 2005, Columbia University named its facility in Harlem the Edmund W. Gordon Campus of Teachers College.  Dr. Gordon is a lifelong champion of the concept of "supplementary education" -- the idea that children must be enveloped by a scaffold of caring community and family to ensure that out-of-school educational experiences positively shape their intellectual development and well-being.

Jessica R. Wolff is the Policy Director of the Campaign and has long been involved in public education as an advocate, writer, educator, and active public school parent. She is co-author with Michael A. Rebell of Moving Every Child Ahead: Beyond NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity (Teachers College Press, 2008). From 2000-2005, she served as director of policy development of the Campaign for Fiscal (CFE), where she played a critical role in bringing the public voice into policy development. Her work with the Sound Basic Education Task Force on Accountability helped guide recent school funding legislation in l. Prior to CFE, she wrote widely on public school issues for the Public Education Association and, for many years, authored a monthly column on public education for the award-winning online news journal Gotham Gazette. Ms. Wolff has a B.A. from Brown University.

Jessica Garcia is the Campaign’s Director of Outreach and Communications. She is responsible for maintaining the campaign’s online presence, coordinating the annual research symposium, and implementing the campaign’s public engagement activities.  Prior to the Equity Campaign, Ms. Garcia developed outreach strategies and served as community liaison for the NYC Department of Health’s Early Intervention Program.  Between 1999 and 2006, she served as the Director of Outreach for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), where she spearheaded statewide campaign activities to support CFE’s school funding reform efforts. Ms. Garcia is a graduate of Harvard University.

 
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