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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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?