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CEE Releases New Edition of Guide to NY Students’ Educational Rights

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.

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Director: Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director

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Michael Rebell Discusses Flunking Democracy on MetroFocus | August 21, 2018

Our executive director and professor of law and educational practice at Teachers College, Columbia University, Michael Rebell, talks with journalist Jack Ford about his new book, Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts and Civic Participation.

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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!




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