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Michael A. Rebell

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • A.B., Harvard College
  • LL.B., Yale Law School

Scholarly Interests

  • Equity in Education
  • Role of the Courts in Institutional Reform Litigations
  • Social Reform
  • Comprehensive Educational Opportunity ( "Whole child" services for students from poverty backgrounds

Selected Publications

  •  Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts ( U of Chicago Press, 2009)
  •  NCLB at the Crossroads: Reexamining the Federal Effort to Close the Achievement  Gap      ( with Jessica R.    Wolff ( Teachers College Press, 2009)
  •  Moving Every Child Ahead: From NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity    ( with Jessica  R.  Wolff) ( Teachers College Press, 2008)
  •    Equality and Education (with Arthur R. Block), Princeton University Press, 1985.
  •    Educational Policy Making and the Courts: An Empirical Study of judicial ACTIVISM (with    Arthur R. Block), University of Chicago Press, 1982.

  • Safeguarding the Right to Sound Basic Education in Times of Fiscal Constraint, 75 Albany Law Review ( 2012)
  • The Right to Comprehensive Educational opportunity, 47 Harvard Civil rights-Civil Liberties Law Review  49 (2012)

  •  Educational Opportunity Is Achievable and Affordable, Phi Delta Kappan, Volume  93, Issue 6,  pp 62-65,(March,  2012)( with Jessica R. Wolff).
  • When Schools Depend on Handouts, N.Y Times, Op-Ed, August 26, 2011 ( with Jessica R. Wolff).
  •  Forum: Many Schools are Still Inadequate, Now What?, Education Next, Volume 9, No. 4, Fall 2009  with Eric Hanushek and Alfred Lindseth
  •  Equal opportunity and the Courts, PHI DELTA KAPPAN, Volume 89, Number 6, 432-439 ( 2008).
  • Poverty, Meaningful Educational Opportunity and the Necessary Role of the Courts,85 North Carolina Law Review 102  (2007).
  • Professional Rigor, Public Engagement and Judicial Review: A Proposal For Enhancing The Validity of Education Adequacy Studies, TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Volume 109, Number 6, (2007)
  • Adequacy Litigations: A New Path to Equity in Janice Petrovich and Amy Stuart Wells, eds., BRINGING EQUITY BACK: RESEARCH FOR A NEW ERA IN AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL POLICY (Teachers College Press, 2005)
  • Education Adequacy, Democracy and the Courts in Christopher Edley, Timothy Ready and Catherine Snow, eds., ACHIEVING HIGH EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ALL  ( National Academy Press, 2002).

principal publications

office hours

 Wednesdays  2-4 and by appointment.
Office: Suite 1373, Interchurch Bldg, 120th and Claremeont Ave.

Documents & Papers

ORLA 4501, Fall 2010, Professor Michael A. Rebell

Download: Comprehensive Educational Opportunity: Exploring Policy and Leadership for the Whole Child Approach [Image]

Michael A. Rebell appeared in the following articles:

The Jury Remains Out on Teacher Tenure and the Courts: A TC conference weighs the implications of Vergara and two New York cases (12/16/2014)

Michael Rebell in the Daily News: Cuomo's Obligation to your Kids. Jan. 6, 2014 (1/10/2014)

TC President, 11 Faculty Make 2014 EduScholar Public Influence Rankings (1/9/2014)

TC's Michael Rebell to Gov. Cuomo "Fund Schools, not Tax Cuts" (1/6/2014)

TC's Rebell: U.S. "Closer to Racial Equity Than We Were 50 Years Ago" (10/14/2013)

Michael Rebell (5/20/2013)

Michael Rebell: "Nation at Risk" Gave Us Standards Movement (4/24/2013)

Michael Rebell Publishes New Article on Judicial Responses to Budget Cuts (9/5/2012 10:25:00 AM)

Gov. Cuomo Establishes Education Reform Commission: Rebell to Press Funding and Equity Issues (5/2/2012 1:59:00 PM)

Three with TC Ties Named to New NY Education Reform Commission (5/2/2012)

Michael Rebell's "The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity" is Published by the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review (4/4/2012 3:12:00 PM)

On NY1's Inside City Hall, TC's Michael Rebell Says State Still Delinquent in Court-Ordered Payments to Public Schools (1/25/2012)

Rebell, Wolff: "America does not have a general education crisis; we have a poverty crisis." (1/19/2012)

GothamSchools reports that Campaign's Comprehensive Plan Tries Persuasion Instead of Litigation (10/13/2011)

TC's Rebell Says California Class Action Settlement "Recognized Right to Adequate Education" (9/12/2011)

Rebell Talks to NPR's "The Takeaway" About the National Public School Funding Crisis (8/30/2011)

Awards Roundup: June M. Como, Mariana Souto-Manning, Michael Rebell (3/29/2011)

TC's Rebell Calls NY School Funding Cuts Illegal (3/14/2011)

US Secretary of Education Appoints Rebell to Equity and Excellence Commission (2/23/2011)

Rebell, Henig Weigh In On Federal Teachers Jobs Bill (8/12/2010)

Educational Budget Cuts: Unconscionable - And Unconstitutional (2/24/2010)

Rebell Tracks Federal Education Bailout Funds on WNYC (2/18/2010)

School budgets (2/16/2010)

Equity Symposium: Federal Education Money Plugging Budget Holes But Not Advancing Equity (2/8/2010)

TC's Rebell Says Governor's School Budget Cuts are Unconstitutional (1/25/2010 12:38:00 PM)

CEE Director Speaks before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (10/28/2009 3:38:00 PM)

School Finance Lawsuits Have Boosted Student Outcomes, Rebell Argues (7/9/2009)

Dining Across Disciplines (4/29/2009)

TC at AERA (4/21/2009)

American Early Childhood: Preventing or Perpetuating Inequity? (4/8/2009 2:55:00 PM)

Confronting the Achievement Gap (2/18/2009 10:21:00 AM)

Funds Well Spent? (2/18/2009 10:24:00 AM)

Pondering the Impact of NY's School Funding Lawsuit (1/27/2009)

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity Lawsuit Was the Best Hope for City Schools. It Failed. (1/21/2009)

Rebell Op-Ed: Slashing the city schools budget is illegal, unfair and unwise (12/19/2008)

Slashing NYC Schools Budget is Wrong -- and Illegal (12/19/2008)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008 3:49:00 PM)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008)

November Calender of events (11/1/2008)

Symposium Asks: Can School Equity Be Created Without First Overcoming the Effects of Poverty? (10/14/2008)

Obama and McCain Education Advisors will Debate at TC (10/10/2008)

Welcoming a Diverse Class (10/10/2008)

What Works in Schools (9/23/2008)

"No Child Left Behind" left behind in presidential race (9/17/2008)


Student Conference Highlights Equity Issues Faced by Students at TC and in Public Schools (7/3/2008 12:22:00 PM)

TC Salutes Its Students in the City (7/1/2008)

Rebell Op-Ed: NYC Breaks Faith with Schools (5/29/2008 12:47:00 PM)

Breaking Faith with NYC's Schools (5/27/2008)

What Works in Schools (5/21/2008)

Tough Questions, Provocative Answers, Lively Debate (4/22/2008)

Tough Questions, Provocative Answers, Lively Debate (4/15/2008)

Beyond NCLB Hype: A New Agenda for the New Administration (4/2/2008 12:02:00 PM)

Tough Questions, Provocative Answers, Lively Debate (4/2/2008)

Equity's Day in Court (4/1/2008)

Klein touts NYC gains at TC Colloquium (3/5/2008)

NCLB Should Ease Universal Proficiency Targets, New Book Argues; Focus Instead on Greater Educational Opportunity (2/28/2008 10:34:00 AM)

NAEP Gives (2/20/2008 9:56:00 AM)

In the News on February 15, 2008 (2/15/2008 12:26:00 PM)

In Kappan article, Rebell details the history of the educational adequacy movement (2/14/2008)

New Books from TC Faculty (2/14/2008)

New Books from Teachers College Faculty (1/8/2008)

Recommended Readings (12/21/2007)

Pursuing equal educational opportunity in a post-Brown world (11/26/2007)

Pursuing equal educational opportunity in a post-Brown world (11/21/2007)

Can School Finance Suits in State Courts Safeguard Brown v. Board of Ed? Should They? (11/9/2007 12:40:00 PM)

Equity Symposium Asks: Can School Finance Suits in State Courts Safeguard Brown v. Board of Ed? Should They? (11/5/2007)

A New Blog on Educational Adequacy (10/30/2007)

Transcript of the State of the College Address (10/19/2007)

Getting Better All the Time (10/18/2007)

Sobol v. Sobol (10/10/2007)

Educational Equality Advocates Address Students, Harlem Residents (10/9/2007)

Rebell: 'Adequacy' Movement Is Alive and Thriving (10/4/2007 11:04:00 AM)

Educational Equity and the U.S. Constitution (9/12/2007 12:29:00 PM)

Making the CFE Money Matter in NYC Schools (7/26/2007 6:02:00 PM)

Rebell on the City's Education Funding Plans (7/11/2007 1:05:00 PM)

More Accountability Needed for New School Funds (7/3/2007 1:21:00 PM)

Money, Not Race, Fuels New Push to Buoy Schools (6/30/2007)

Equity Campaign Says: Ruling on Public School Racial Balance Efforts Is a Setback, but Leaves Some Options (6/28/2007)

Math Scores Up, Achievement Gap Narrowing in New York State (6/14/2007 11:12:00 AM)

2006: The Year in Review (5/8/2007)

Briefing the Court on School Integration (4/24/2007)

Rebell Op-Ed: Rush to slash class size will hurt our schools (4/23/2007 10:57:00 AM)

Learning What We Know About Equity (2/26/2007)

Nix Mike's flawed school funding fix (2/8/2007 10:24:00 AM)

NYC Schools Would Get $5.4 Billion Boost Over 4 Years (2/8/2007 9:48:00 AM)

Rebell Criticizes Mayor's New Funding Formula in Daily News (2/8/2007 10:07:00 AM)

City looks to implement middle school application process (1/25/2007)

Rebell Criticizes Mayor's New Funding Formula (1/25/2007 9:28:00 AM)

Rebell Featured in Staten Island Advance about Chancellor's New Funding Formula (1/25/2007 11:52:00 AM)

Governor Spitzer Makes Education a Top Priority (1/5/2007 12:26:00 PM)

Workforce Commission Declares Need for Radical Changes in U.S. Education System (1/5/2007 12:23:00 PM)

Democrats outline education agenda priorities (12/13/2006)

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (11/29/2006)

Only the Bathwater -- Or the Baby, Too? (11/21/2006)

The Gaps Don't Seem to Be Closing (11/21/2006)

States Not Meeting National Math Standards (11/14/2006)

Testing NCLB for fairness (11/14/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/8/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/6/2006)

Orienting to History (10/27/2006)

Should NCLB be Changed? (10/27/2006)

Amy Stuart Wells to Head Equity Campaign Research Initiative (10/26/2006 5:37:00 PM)

Wells to Head Equity Campaign Research Initiative (10/25/2006)

Rebell Takes Court to School (10/13/2006)

Rebell Urges Court of Appeals to (10/12/2006 3:08:00 PM)

Wells Argues on Behalf of Contested Voluntary School Integration Plans (10/11/2006)

Watch Oral Arguments of the NY School Finance Case, Live Webcast in 138 Horace Mann (10/6/2006)

New Student Orientation, Constitution Day and Comprehensive Educational Equity (9/27/2006 2:34:00 PM)

2005 at TC: The Year in Review (9/20/2006)

Weighted Student Funding or Dividing the Scraps at the Table? (9/19/2006 2:41:00 PM)

Constitution Day: Did (9/14/2006 4:15:00 PM)

The 100% Solution (7/16/2006)

An "A" for Access, A "C" for Success (7/1/2006)

Poor Kids' Teachers Are Off The Subject (6/13/2006)

TC Panel Says Two Year Universities Must Do More Than Offer Access (4/25/2006)

Court's Power at Issue in New York School Aid Case (4/22/2006)

Equity by the Numbers (4/13/2006)

Welcome to The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University (4/13/2006 12:37:00 PM)

Tisch and Rebell Lead Campaign to Washington (4/7/2006)

Costing Out Debate and Other Issues Examined at AEFA Conference (3/29/2006 3:45:00 PM)

The Campaign's Executive Director to Call for Research-Driven Approach to Fixing No Child Left Behind Act (3/28/2006)

Legislature told to provide NYC schools billions in new funds by April 1 (3/25/2006)

Legislature told to provide NYC schools billions in new funds by April 1 (3/24/2006 2:34:00 PM)

Rebell Faces Off with Hoover Fellow over Costing-Out Studies in School Finance Cases (3/21/2006)

Campaign for Educational Equity Launches Web Site (3/14/2006)

Early Visits Lure Disadvantaged Students Into College (3/9/2006)

Solutions to Global Health Disparities are Focus of Teachers College Conference (3/7/2006)

Education Funding-A Complicated Formula (2/28/2006)

The Achievement Gap Has Its Cost (2/16/2006)

Champion of School Funding to Speak at New York State League of Women Voters Symposium (1/27/2006)

Rebell Says Pataki Continues to Ignore Court Mandate (1/18/2006)

Pataki's $2 Billion Budget Surplus Highlights Failure to Deliver Court-Mandated School Funds (1/4/2006)

Rebell says state budget surplus should fund schools (1/4/2006)

Gaining Traction, Gaining Ground (12/12/2005)

Equity Actor (11/22/2005 3:39:21 PM)

Rebell with a New Cause (11/21/2005 1:50:05 PM)

The Equity Info Source (11/10/2005 12:13:56 PM)

The People Have Spoken (11/10/2005 12:03:25 PM)

The Price of Inequity (11/7/2005)

Cost of Inadequate Education to Society Is Hundreds of Billions of Dollars, Researchers Say (10/24/2005)

Rebell on The Open Mind; Levin and Rebell on WNYC (10/18/2005)

Rebell to Court: No More Appeals: Give NYC Its Money (10/13/2005)

A Call to Arms (10/11/2005)

It's Not Just Academic (10/11/2005)

The End of an Era (10/11/2005 11:28:00 AM)

Rebell Heads New TC Campaign (10/1/2005)

Dropouts Cost U.S. $84 Billion Annually (9/22/2005)

Arthur Levine: Letter to the TC Community (9/14/2005)

Equity Symposium to Present Research (9/14/2005)

Levine and Rangel Call for Better Teachers in Struggling Schools (9/7/2005)

Representative Charles Rangel and Teachers College President Arthur Levine Join Forces to Call for Greater Incentives to Improve Teacher Quality in New York City's Most Challenging Schools (7/24/2005)

Rebell to Lead Campaign for Educational Equity (6/13/2005)

Michael Rebell to Lead Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College (6/9/2005)

Commencement 2005: The Medalists (6/7/2005)

A Campaign for Equity: Across the State (5/27/2005)

A Line Up of Champions (4/29/2005)

Court Decision Reversed (10/1/2002)

TC for the Plaintiffs: Court Declares State Deprives City Students 'A Sound Basic Education' - Annual Report 2001 (8/31/2002)

Continuing to Repair the World (8/28/2002)

Panel Discusses Strategies for Saving NYC Schools (4/1/2002)

NCLB Under the Microscope (1/1/1900)

Pound-Wise (1/1/1900)

TC Expert Source Guide (1/1/1900)

Tisch and Rebell Lead TC's Equity Campaign to Washington (1/1/1900)