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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.

ORLA 4501: Special topics in education leadership and policy

This course offers periodic exploration of topics and issues related to theory, research, policy, and practice in the organization, administration, and leadership of education in public and private contexts; issues in education policy formation, implementation, and analysis; and other related topics. Topics and emphases change each term. Course may be taken more than once.

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:

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

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)