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Know Your Educational Rights Handouts

The Campaign for Educational Equity undertook an extensive research project investigating educational inadequacies in high-needs schools around the state and published findings about widespread violations of many students’ educational rights. The Know Your Educational Rights handouts are a series of user-friendly research briefs that summarize our key findings. You will find below handouts on physical education, instructional materials, class size, school facilities and libraries. Stay tuned for handouts on resources for English Language Learners, academic intervention services, teachers, and more. Please share them with your school and community!


  Know Your Rights Handout #1:
  Safeguarding Sound Basic Education: Constitutional 
  Violations in New York State  
  This first brief sets out what resources, services, and supports every
  New York school must be able to provide for all of its students under
  the state constitution and summarizes CEE's analysis of the
  availability of these constitutional resources in 33 high-needs
  schools around New York State.

Download in Spanish: Salvaguardando Sound Basic Education: Violaciones Constitucionales en el Estado de Nueva York



  Know Your Rights Handout #2:
  Physical Education


  What are New York students' rights when it comes to phys. ed.? What
  should schools be able to provide in terms of curriculum, space,
  personnel,and equipment. Are these available in all schools? Find
  out here and share with your community.


  Know Your Rights Handout #3:
  Instructional Materials

  New York students are entitled to receive appropriate instructional
  materials, including books, supplies, libraries, labs, and educational
  technology. Read here and share with your community what the state
  is constitutionally required to provide to all students and what we
  found (and didn't find) in schools. 


  Know Your Rights Handout #4:
  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 and share this handout with your community. 


  Know Your Rights Handout #5:
  School Facilities

  All New York State schools are required to have a physical
  environment that provides adequate and accessible facilities with
  enough light, space, heat and air to allow students to learn. How do
  New York schools measure up? 


  Know Your Rights Handout #6:
  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?

Highlights