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New Webinar Series

Join us, youth leaders, experts, and decision-makers from around the state for this vital free four-part webinar series as we investigate critical components of civic readiness and talk with New York leaders about how to make the right to civic readiness a reality. The future of our democracy depends on our active engagement.

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Director: Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director

Phone: (646) 745-8282

Mailing Address: 525 W 120th Street, Box 219
New York, New York 10027-6696

Location: 475 Riverside Dr., Suite 1373

CEE Highlights

Daily Show with Trevor Noah Features CEE's Federal Lawsuit to Establish a Right to Education Under the U.S. Constitution


Daily Show correspondent/comedian Jaboukie Young-White interviews Cook v. Raimondo student plaintiffs and lead counsel CEE executive director and professor of law and educational practice at Teachers College, Columbia University, Michael Rebell.

CEE's Guide to NY Students’ Educational Rights

Essential Resources: The Constitutional Requirements for Providing Students in New York State the Opportunity for a Sound Basic Education (2nd Ed.)

Drawing on relevant and up-to-date state statutes, regulations, and the court order in the landmark legal case Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) v. State of New YorkEssential Resources zeroes in on the educational resources to which students are entitled under the state constitution. 

First published in December 2012, Essential Resources became the first-ever comprehensive compilation of New York students' educational rights, and served as a framework for assessing the state's compliance with CFE, which guarantees all students the right to a "sounds basic education"--a set of learning opportunities specifically designed to prepare them for effective civic participation and good jobs.

Latest from CEE

Available for Order | Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation

Image of the cover Michael Rebell's new book Flunking Democracy.

Flunking Democracy is a publication from CEE’s new educational-rights project on preparing students for civic participation. In it, Rebell makes the case that, for generations now, most public schools in the United States have moved away from one of the fundamental purposes of public education—preparing students to become capable citizens. This trend has persisted despite court holdings in New York, and many other states, that education for civic participation is the constitutional right of all children.

The book analyzes the causes of the decline in civic preparation, provides a detailed analysis of what we know about how to prepare students for productive citizenship, and considers examples of best practices. Flunking Democracy further argues that the courts are a vital part of the solution to this civic decline and concludes with specific recommendations for how the courts can and should address this deficiency.

Flunking Democracy is essential reading for anyone interested in education, the law, and creating a more democratic society. Order your copy today!


Resources and Readiness: Exploring Civic Education Access and Equity in Six New York High Schools

Resources and Readiness: Exploring Civic Education Access and Equity in Six New York High Schools was released by CEE in June 2019. In a case study of six high schools in New York City and the surrounding suburbs, the study found that the four schools serving higher numbers of black and brown students and students living in poverty offered a less robust curriculum, and fewer extracurricular, experiential, and service-learning opportunities than their two more affluent counterparts. 


Read the Executive Summary and the Full Report below: 

Resources and Readiness Executive Summary

Resources and Readiness Full Report




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