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Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University
Michael A. Rebell is an experienced litigator, administrator, researcher, and scholar in the field of education law. He is the Executive Director of the newly-established Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Campaign seeks to promote excellence in education and to overcome the gap in educational access and achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students throughout the United States. The Campaign reflects the total institutional commitment of the College to promote educational equity in New York and throughout the country.
Mr. Rebell is also co-counsel for plaintiffs in Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. ("CFE") v. State of New York, 86 N.Y.2d 307 (1995) ( “CFE I”),and 100 N.Y. 2d 893 ( 2003) ( “CFE II”) . In these cases, the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest court, has declared that all children are entitled under the state Constitution to the “opportunity for a sound basic education” and ordered the State of New York to reform its education finance system to meet these constitutional requirements. Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous major class action lawsuits, including Jose P. v. Mills which involved a plaintiff class of 160,000 students with disabilities. He has also served as a court-appointed special master in the Boston special education case, Allen v. Parks.
Mr. Rebell is the co-author of two books, EQUALITY AND EDUCATION and EDUCATIONAL POLICY MAKING AND THE COURTS, and dozens of articles on issues of law and education. His most recent works are 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) , and 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)
In addition to his research and litigation activities, Mr. Rebell is a frequent lecturer and consultant on education law. He has taught courses on law and education for many years at the Yale Law School, Columbia Law School and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mr. Rebell is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.