Michael A. Rebell is executive director of the Center for Educational Equity (formerly 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 30 years, this legal strategy has proven successful in almost 60% 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 six books, including Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts (2009) and Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts and Civic Participation (2018), and several dozen articles on a wide range of education issues, including educational equity, education finance, civic preparation, testing, and the rights of disabled students. Mr. Rebell is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Jessica R. Wolff
Director of Policy and Research
Jessica R. Wolff is the policy and research director of the Center for Educational Equity (formerly Campaign for Educational Equity). She leads CEE’s policy research initiatives, develops and implements its public engagement projects, and directs its communications efforts. She is a coauthor of the recent reports, Securing the Future of New York’s Children: Final Steps Toward Truly Universal Pre-K (2014) and Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York: A Statewide Roadmap (2013), as well as author or coauthor of two books and numerous articles and reports on education policy. From 2000-2005, she served as director of policy development of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), where her work with the Sound Basic Education Task Force helped guide school-funding legislation in New York State. Wolff is a longtime board member and former board chair of the Children’s Museum of the Arts and parent of two NYC public school graduates. She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from New York University.
Director of Public Engagement and Government Affairs
Joe Rogers is the director of public engagement and government affairs at the Center for Educational Equity (CEE) at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he develops strategic relationships for policy reform, co-facilitates the statewide DemocracyReady NY Coalition, supports students’ and parents’ educational-rights leadership and advocacy, and has conducted extensive school-based research on students’ access to required learning opportunities. He has held appointments to the New York State Education Department’s Civic Readiness Task Force as well as its advisory panels on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education and Family and Community Engagement. Joe frequently serves as a guest speaker and panelist at state and national conferences and as a consultant to policymakers and nonprofit organizations.
Previously, Joe served as Director of Policy and Civic Engagement with Education Voters of New York and as a Program Associate in Teaching and Learning at New Visions for Public Schools. After beginning a career in education as an AmeriCorps VISTA, he went on to launch a literacy-focused AmeriCorps program for a coalition of community-based organizations serving adults, children, and families in Washington, D.C. In his civic life, Joe has served on the boards and steering committees of numerous community-based cultural, educational, and governmental organizations.
Joe holds a master's degree in education leadership, policy, and politics from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from The George Washington University.