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Good School, Rich School; Bad School, Poor School: The Inequality at the Heart of America's Education System

August 25, 2016

CEE Executive Director links Connecticut's resource discrepancy between schools in higher-income towns and schools in high-poverty areas to a larger national trend.

"Connecticut is not the first state to wrestle with the conundrum caused by relying heavily on local property taxes to fund schools; since the 1970s, nearly every state has had litigation over equitable education"

To learn more, click here

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Good School, Rich School; Bad School, Poor School: The Inequality at the Heart of America's Education System

August 25, 2016

CEE Executive Director links Connecticut's resource discrepancy between schools in higher-income towns and schools in high-poverty areas to a larger national trend.

"Connecticut is not the first state to wrestle with the conundrum caused by relying heavily on local property taxes to fund schools; since the 1970s, nearly every state has had litigation over equitable education"

To learn more, click here

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Schools shutting down? It wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened

Michael Rebell was cited in The Wichita Eagle’s recent article on the potential for a public school shut down in Kansas if the state legislature fails to comply with the recent school funding rulings,  “The Kansas Supreme Court for more than a decade has been judging the Legislature’s efforts to comply with rulings against the state in both the Montoy and Gannon v. Kansas cases. The frustrated court threw down its hammer on May 27, ruling that if the Legislature didn’t amend its latest funding formula by June 30 to be equitable to poorer districts, the state will be barred from raising, distributing or spending education funds until it does. It wasn’t the first time a state high court – or even Kansas’ high court– had delivered such a mandate. But this deadline is particularly striking, said Michael Rebell, professor of law and educational practice at Teachers College, Columbia University. ‘This time the court stance is stronger’ Rebell said. ‘And the fact that they reiterated it this close to a deadline shows they mean business.'”

To learn more, click here.

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School Finance Suits: More Than Just a Legal Roll of Dice?

CEE executive director (and Teachers College, Columbia University professor) Michael Rebell consulted for 5/31/16 Education Week article: "School Finance Suits: More Than Just a Legal Roll of Dice?"

"In at least 23 states since 1950, judges have ruled that the state's school finance formula was unconstitutional, according to Michael Rebell, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, who tracks such cases [http://schoolfunding.info]. In 17 other states, judges have found that the formulas passed constitutional muster or that it was not their role to figure that out."

To learn more, click here

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CEE in the Village Voice

A group of students from three high schools in the city wrote and star in 10467, a fifty-minute play about the educational inequities they've faced as a result of the city's failure to act. With joint support from Epic Theatre Ensemble and the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, more than two dozen students will show, through scenes depicting day-to-day experiences, original rap songs, and monologues, the direct impact violations of their constitutionally guaranteed educational rights have had on them.

The play, which premiered at the National Black Theater in Harlem in August, makes no effort to hide how personal the problem is: The title comes from the zip code for the Bronx School for Writing and Communication Arts, which many of the students who will perform attend. (Students also come from the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem and the Chelsea Career and Technical High School.) To learn more, click here

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Michael Rebell Updates Seminal Book, Courts and Kids

Michael Rebell, Teachers College professor of law and educational practice and executive director of Campaign for Educational Equity, has published a new supplement updating his 2009 book, Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts. The Supplement looks at the 27 school-funding-adequacy decisions issued by state courts since the 2008 recession.

Rebell found that in recent years, in new cases, the courts have been less likely to rule in favor of the plaintiffs. However, courts have consistently enforced compliance with constitutional requirements established in previous cases. There have been 13 court decisions so far that have challenged post-recession reductions in state-funding as violating students' educational rights established in previous court rulings, and plaintiffs have won every one of these decisions.

Reflecting on these trends, Rebell concludes that although courts must take economic and political realities into account, this reconsideration should not, and need not, limit or neglect the constitutional rights of millions of scool children. During difficult economic times particularly, a firm judicial stance is needed to protect these rights. Foe the supplement, click here.

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CEE's Analysis of New York State Aid for Education

The 2015-16 New York State budget has now become law. Although the budget increases state aid to education by approximately $1.3 billion (an average 6% increase in aid for state's school districts), it continues to violate students' constitutional rights. It continues to defer full foundation funding for the costs of a sound basic education; it reverts to the notorious "shares agreement" for funding New York City schools; it continues the unconstitutional gap elimination adjustment; it revives the teacher evaluation penalty provision that threatens essential school aid; and it fails to provide appropriate funding for pre-K. To learn more, click here.  

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Securing the Future of New York's Children

New York State has made significant strides over the past year in expanding access to high-quality full-day pre-kindergarten across the state. Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) and the Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI) have collaborated once again to reflect on these changes in "Securing the Future of New York's Children," an update of their 2013 "Making Pre-Kindergarten Truly Universal."

With this important momentum and committed leaders, the state is now in a position to make prekindergarten truly universal. But to do so, several aspects of the existing legislation must be modified, and the funding system must be stabilized at an adequate level.

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Securing the Future of New York's Children

New York State has made significant strides over the past year in expanding access to high-quality full-day pre-kindergarten across the state. Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) and the Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI) have collaborated once again to reflect on these changes in "Securing the Future of New York's Children," an update of their 2013 "Making Pre-Kindergarten Truly Universal."

With this important momentum and committed leaders, the state is now in a position to make prekindergarten truly universal. But to do so, several aspects of the existing legislation must be modified, and the funding system must be stabilized at an adequate level.

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CEE Signs Coalition Letter to NYC Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña Calling for Moratorium on Co-locations

On November 13, 2014, the Campaign for Educational Equity joined dozens of organizations and education leaders in sending a letter to NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Fariña calling for a moratorium on co-locating schools until the city has remedied related violations of students' educational rights.

Download the full letter here: Letter to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña Calling for Moratorium on Co-Locations.

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CEE Signs Coalition Letter to NYC Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña Calling for Moratorium on Co-locations

On November 13, 2014, the Campaign for Educational Equity joined dozens of organizations and education leaders in sending a letter to NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Fariña calling for a moratorium on co-locating schools until the city has remedied related violations of students' educational rights.

Download the full letter here: Letter to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña Calling for Moratorium on Co-Locations.

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English Language Learner Resource Requirements

What resources, services, and supports are New York English language learners entitled to receive? What should schools be able to provide to ensure that all students with limited English proficiency achieve the same educational goals and meet the same standards as the general student population? Are these available in all schools? Find out here in English and Spanish and share with your community.

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English Language Learner Resource Requirements

What resources, services, and supports are New York English language learners entitled to receive? What should schools be able to provide to ensure that all students with limited English proficiency achieve the same educational goals and meet the same standards as the general student population? Are these available in all schools? Find out here in English and Spanish and share with your community.

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CEE Releases Report on the Impact of Co-location on NYC Students' Educational Rights and Opportunities

Co-location is the controversial policy of having multiple schools share a single school building. CEE's new report, "The Effects of Co-Location on New York City's Ability to Provide All Students a Sound Basic Education," is based on site visits and interviews with staff in close to 50 New York City public schools. It provides evidence to suggest that co-location exacerbates some schools' existing resource deficiencies and creates further constraints to their ability to fulfill all students' constitutional educational rights. It concludes with some recommendations for the mayor and the chancellor.

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CEE Releases Report on the Impact of Co-location on NYC Students' Educational Rights and Opportunities

Co-location is the controversial policy of having multiple schools share a single school building. CEE's new report, "The Effects of Co-Location on New York City's Ability to Provide All Students a Sound Basic Education," is based on site visits and interviews with staff in close to 50 New York City public schools. It provides evidence to suggest that co-location exacerbates some schools' existing resource deficiencies and creates further constraints to their ability to fulfill all students' constitutional educational rights. It concludes with some recommendations for the mayor and the chancellor.

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CEE, Part of TC Team, Wins Wallace Grant to Study Collective Impact Approach to Education Reform

CEE's Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff are part of a Teachers College research team awarded a Wallace Foundation grant to study the "collective impact" approach to tackling social and educational challenges. The grant will enable the team to embark on a multiyear study of this approach in three mid-sized cities. Stay tuned to learn more about this exciting project!

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Know Your Educational Rights Handout: School Libraries

All New York schools are required to have library media centers providing a sufficient number of books and up-to-date instructional technology and software. How do schools measure up? This handout is part of our Know Your Educational Rights series.

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CCE and CCI release groundbreaking statewide pre-K roadmap.

The research is conclusive: Providing a high-quality early childhood education is crucial if we are to reach our state and national goals of educational equity and excellence, preparing children for college and career. CEE and CCI release a report that provides a detailed roadmap for making high-quality, full-day pre-K available for all three and four year olds in New York State over an eight-year period.

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CEE's Analysis of Governor Cuomo's 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposals for Education

Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive budget proposals for 2014-15, while not without some bright points, were largely disappointing, ignoring the ongoing effects on our students - and the risk to New York's economic future - of the state's failure to meet its constitutional school-funding obligations.

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Setting the Record Straight: The Truth About School Funding in New York State

It is important to separate rhetoric and reality in today's debates over school funding. To help New Yorkers participate in this important discussion,CEE provides some facts to dispel some current school-funding myths.

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Michael Rebell Files Major New Funding Litigation in New York State

New Yorkers for Students' Educational Rights (NYSER) vs. the State of New York is a new lawsuit filed in February 2014 against the State of New York on behalf of the state's public school students. It charges that the state is violating students' educational rights by neglecting its constitutional obligation to ensure that every school has sufficient funding to provide all students with a meaningful educational opportunity. The case is being brought on behalf of a group of plaintiffs that includes 15 individual parents and students and the NYSER coalition, which includes major statewide organizations, parents groups, advocacy groups, and NYC community education councils. The defendants are the State of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Board of Regents, and State Education Commissioner John King.

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New NY Education Reform Commission Releases Final Report; Michael Rebell Criticizes Its Major Shortcomings

Governor Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission, on which CEE executive director Michael Rebell was a commissioner, released its final report which contains a set of recommendations for New York's schools. The report also includes a separate supplemental statement by Rebell that criticizes the report's failure to deal at all with such major issues as funding, special education, and the lack of appropriate supports for English language learner, and its ignoring major current controversies such as implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), and Common Core systems. Please find the full report and addendum here.

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Know Your Educational Rights Handout: Class Size

New York State is required maintain appropriate class sizes for all students. In the CFE case, the state's highest court indicated that class sizes should range from 20-23 students. Are schools able to maintain these sizes? Read about student's rights and our findings about class size here. This handout is part of our Know Your Educational Rights series.

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CEE is convening an important statewide conference, "Right Makes Might: Working Together to Ensure Students' Right to a Sound Basic Education Now and for the Future" (January 23, 2014)

On January 23, 2014, CEE will host a conference in Latham, NY, to review the report of the Governor Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission and the governor's executive budget proposal. Then, we will discuss a new statewide lawsuit that will seek to ensure adequate funding and the opportunity for a sound basic education for all students, as well as the political and public engagement activities that, along with the lawsuit, will be necessary to achieve maximum progress in closing budget gaps this year and achieving lasting results for the long term.

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NY Budget's Constitutional Scorecard: Insufficient Progress Toward Providing Sound Basic Education

The legislature has now enacted and the governor has signed into law the 2013-14 state budget. The Campaign for Educational Equity releases a scorecard tracking the state's progress in complying with students' constitutional right to a sound basic education.

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Letter to New York Senators: Restore $240 Million in State Aid to NYC

Attorney Michael Rebell joins education advocates in calling on six New York State Senators, all of whom are from New York City, to support legislation that restores state aid to city schools.

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Policy Recommendations for State Aid

The Campaign for Educational Equity recommends that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature take immediate action to fix state funding for a sound basic education.

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The Campaign for Educational Equity Releases Safeguarding Sound Basic Education Reports

After an extensive analysis of 33 high-needs schools in New York, the Campaign for Educational Equity released two reports this month that reveal New York is failing to provide all students a constitutionally mandated quality education.

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National Education Commission Calls for Sufficient Resources and Comprehensive Educational Opportunities for All Kids

For Each and Every Child, the recently-released report of the national Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education, presents a thorough analysis of the educational crisis facing the country and offers detailed recommendations for what local, state and federal governments need to do to ensure educational opportunity and educational equity. The Congressionally-ordered report was endorsed unanimously by all of its members, a diverse group of the country's leading educational policy experts, including the Campaign's executive director Michael A. Rebell.

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U.S. Department of Education Establishes Committee to Analyze Equity in Education Finance

Michael A. Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and of the National Access Network at Teachers College, Columbia University, is one of the 28 education advocates, civil rights leaders, scholars, lawyers, and corporate leaders appointed to this national commission.

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Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal

The state must tackle the big job of determining the specific resources and services necessary to ensure all students the opportunity for a sound basic education, assess the actual cost of providing them cost-effectively in each school, and create a responsible plan for putting the resources in place.

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Michael Rebell Publishes New Article on Judicial Responses to Budget Cuts

In an extensive treatise published in the Albany Law Review, Rebell writes that every federal and state court, in years past and since the 2008 recession, has found that "constitutional rights cannot be put on hold because of a recession."

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Gov. Cuomo Establishes Education Reform Commission: Rebell to Press Funding and Equity Issues

Governor Cuomo Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order yesterday creating the New York Education Reform Commission. Michael A. Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, will be one of the commissioners.

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Michael Rebell's "The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity" is Published by the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review

In this March, 2012 Harvard Civil Rights-'"Civil Liberties Law Review article, Rebell seeks to establish a statutory and Constitutional basis for the right to a comprehensive educational opportunity for all children in the United States.

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N.Y. Conferences Seek to "Safeguard Sound Basic Education in Hard Economic Times"

Seeking to better define and secure the essential resources, supports, and services students need, even in times of fiscal constraint, the Campaign for Educational Equity convened two conferences in Albany and New York City. At these events, the group released "Reviewing Resources," its preliminary report on the availability of basic educational resources in high-needs New York City schools.

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Panel at Harvard to Dicuss Prof. Rebell's Proposal for Establishing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity as a Legal Right

On October 13, 2011, Professor Michael A. Rebell will be speaking at the Harvard Law School about his forthcoming article "The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity" which will be published early next year by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

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The Campaign Releases Video Streaming for Oct. 11th Achievable and Affordable Panel

Following the recent forum, "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students," the Campaign for Educational Equity releases the video streaming from the Oct. 11 panel.

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The Campaign for Educational Equity Issues Five New White Papers

In preparation for the up-and-coming forum, "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students," the Campaign for Educational Equity Releases the five white papers that will be discussed at the Oct. 11th event.

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Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students.

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, the Campaign for Educational Equity will issue five new white papers and will host an important forum on these reports, "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students."

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Public Schools Should Not Depend on Private Money

On today's New York Times opinion page, Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff of the Campaign for Educational Equity write that public schools' growing dependence on private philanthropy to provide basic services is not good public policy.

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Stimulating Equity? A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of the Federal Stimulus Act on Educational Opportunity

The final version of the Campaign for Educational Equity's 20-state report entitled “Stimulating Equity? A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of the Federal Stimulus Act on Educational Opportunity” was released last month. Written by Michael A. Rebell, Jessica R. Wolff and Daniel A. Yaverbaum, a draft version of the paper was presented by the authors at the Campaign’s Fifth Annual Symposium, held on February 8-9, 2010. The final report is available for download here.

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CEE releases 'Building a Sustained School Facilities Remedy: Arizona's Innovative Blueprint for Capital Funding'

The Campaign for Educational Equity releases today the third report in its Education, Equity, and the Law series, "Building a Sustained School Facilities Remedy: Arizona's Innovative Blueprint for Capital Funding" written by Molly A. Hunter, the director of Education Justice at the Education Law Center. "Building a Sustained School Facilities Remedy" analyzes the success of Arizona's statewide process for financing and building school facilities, which is a result of the 1998 Students FIRST Act, an education quality lawsuit that established the Arizona School Facilities Board. The author gives an overview of this litigation and its effects in Arizona, including the progress of the School Facilities Board in funding new building and renovation, and areas where the funding mechanism still falls short. [download report]

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Rebell Finds NY School Cuts Unconstitutional

In the New York Daily News, the professor of education and law and a lead attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case in New York, argues that Governor Cuomo's proposed budget violates New York State's constitution.

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Updated Chart: Equity Campaign Analysis: Federal Stimulus Funding for Education: Are States Meeting the Goals?

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has now approved the applications for initial federal stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Renewal Act of 2009 (ARRA) for 49 of the 50 states; Pennsylvania, which has been involved in a protracted dispute with federal officials over funding for state-related universities, is the only state whose application is still pending approval. The information the states have submitted raises serious questions about whether the stated purposes of the Act -- stabilizing education funding, facilitating the continuation of equity and adequacy formula adjustments and promoting education reforms to boost student achievement -- are being met.

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Healthier Students Are Better Learners: A Missing Link in Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap

The Campaign for Educational Equity releases today the latest report in its Equity Matters series,"Healthier Students Are Better Learners." The report focuses on "educationally relevant health disparities" in seven areas -- vision; asthma; teen pregnancy; aggression and violence; physical activity; breakfast; and inattention and hyperactivity -- that disproportionately affect the educational opportunities and outcomes of urban minority youth.

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Equity Symposium Asks: Where Is $100 Billion in Education Aid Going?

The federal government is showering states with $100 billion in aid to schools. This year's Equity Symposium, February 8 and 9, examines whether that money is going toward improving schools for poor children.

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TC's Rebell Says Governor's School Budget Cuts are Unconstitutional

New York Governor Paterson announced on Tuesday five-percent cuts to state allocations to public schools. Michael Rebell, Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at TC, says the cuts would violate New York State's constitution.

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Substantial Yet Not Sufficient: Kentucky's Effort to Build Proficiency for Each and Every Child


You can now read the second report in the Equity Campaign's Education, Equity, and the Law series, "Substantial and Yet Not Sufficient: Kentucky's Effort to Build Proficiency for Each and Every Child." Written by Susan Perkins Weston, independent consultant working on Kentucky education issues, and Robert F. Sexton, executive director of the Prichard Committee, the report provides an analytic overview of the origins, impact and implications of Kentucky's landmark educational adequacy litigation, Rose v. Council for Better Education . It provides important new material and insights regarding the political mobilization for school reform, legislative action, statewide implementation, and recent fiscal difficulties that have occurred over the past 20 years since the case was decided. The authors make their case that Kentucky's 1989 court ruling and 1990 legislation unquestionably led to substantive improvement for all students in the state. Based on their experience, they also share a set of thoughts about what counts as successful work to build school systems that serve all students well.

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New Jersey's Decades-Long School Finance Case: So, What's the Payoff?

In its pathbreaking Abbott v. Burke decision in 1990, the New Jersey Supreme Court laid the groundwork for providing extra state resources for 32 poor, urban school districts, dubbed the Abbott districts. On November 11 at a forum at Teachers College, four legal and education specialists assessed how successful the Abbott districts have been in providing equitable educational opportunities, and what the future holds for them as they lose their special-funding status.

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CEE Director Speaks before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Michael Rebell, director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, was a featured speaker in Geneva this week at an expert seminar for the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The two-day meeting aims to inform the Committee on issues related to its future role in the implementation of the "Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights."

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New Book Acclaims Adequacy Litigations

Countering the recent slew of books by Eric Hanushek, Al Lindseth, Paul Peterson and other critics of education adequacy and sound basic education litigations, a new book by Michael A. Rebell argues that successful outcomes in these cases, which have been initiated in dozens of states, is essential if the United States is to achieve its stated policy goals of eliminating achievement gaps and providing equal educational opportunity to all children.

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New Report: Can After-School Programs Help Level the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth?

The Campaign for Educational Equity releases today the latest report in its Equity Matters series, "Can After-School Programs Help Level the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth?" (Research Review No. 4). The report was written by researchers Margo Gardner and Jodie L. Roth of the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and co-director of NCCF.

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Campaign for Educational Equity Announces "Stimulating Equity?" Project

The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University recently launched an in-depth research effort to evaluate the impact of the ARRA on state education systems around the country. The ARRA has created a unique opportunity for nation-wide education reform, as it infuses billions of new dollars into state education funds and includes specific language in support of adequacy and equity. The Campaign seeks to evaluate States' efforts to advance reform in four key areas outlined in the act...

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Has NCLB Improved Teacher Quality?

At a forum hosted by TC's Campaign for Educational Equity, a former Bush Administration education official argues that the "highly qualified teacher" provision of Bush's signature No Child Left Behind law has had no demonstrable impact.

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Stimulus Bill Promotes Stable, Adequate Funding

The $789 billion federal stimulus bill recently passed by Congress allocates roughly $100 billion for educational purposes. This figure is almost double the U.S. Department of Education's $59.2 billion discretionary budget---and gives promise to education advocates that the Obama administration will live up to its commitment to reform and improve education in the United States.

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