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Rebell, Michael
Professor of Law and Educational Practice
Education Policy and Social Analysis
646-745-8288

Office:
1373 InterCh

Office Hours:
Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm

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

Books:
         
  •  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.

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


 

BOOKS:

  • 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.
  • Government and Power in West Africa (with Robert S. Jordan and Caroline Ifeka), Faber and Faber, London, 1969; Africana Publishers, New York, 1969.

 

ARTICLES:

  •   Safeguarding the Right to Sound Basic Education in Times of Fiscal Constraint, Vol. 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).

 

·       We Can Overcome Poverty’s Impact on School Success, Education Week,Volume 31, Issue 17, pp. 24-25 ( January 18, 2012) ( with Jessica R. Wolff).

 

·       When Schools Depend on Handouts, N.Y Times, Op-Ed, August 26, 2011 ( with Jessica R. Wolff).

 

·       CFE v. State of New York: Past, Present, and Future, 13 NYSBA Gov’t Law & Pol’y J.24 ( Summer, 2011)

 

·       Judicial Activism and Public Policy, The Judges journal, volume 50, no.1, March, 2011.

           

·       The Kids Are Not Alright, The american Interest, Volume VI, No. 3, January/February, 2011

 

·       Budget Cuts and Kids’ Constitutional Rights,  Teachers College Record, May 10, 2010,http://www.tcrecord.org , No. 15972

 

·        Educational Budget Cuts: Unconscionable ---- and Unconstitutional, Huffington Post, February 8, 2010.

·        Forum: Many Schools are Still Inadequate, Now What?, Education Next, Volume 9, No. 4, Fall 2009 9 with Eric Hanushek and Alfred Lindseth

 

·        Assessing ‘Success’ in School Finance Litigations, Education Week, Volume 28, Issue 36, Online, july 8, 2009 ( with bruce d. baker).

 

·        Slashing the City Schools Budget is Illegal, Unfair and Unwise, New York Daily News, December 19, 2008

 

·        City Breaks Faith With Schools, New York Daily News, May 25, 2008

·        Sleepless After Seattle? There’s Still Hope For Equal Educational Opportunity,  EDUCATION WEEK, 32-33 ( February 13, 2008).

 

·        Equal opportunity and the Courts, PHI DELTA KAPPAN, Volume 89, Number 6, 432-439 ( 2008).

 

Ÿ         Poverty, “Meaningful” Educational Opportunity, and the Necessary Role of the Courts, NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW  Volume 85, 1467-1543 ( 2007)

 

Ÿ         The Need for Comprehensive Educational Equity, inTHE PRICE WE PAY: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF INADEQUATE EDUCATION ( Clive R. Belfield and Henry M. Levin, Eds), Brookings Institution Press, 2007.

 

Ÿ         Toward a Comprehensive System of Education for All Children, TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Volume 109, Number 7, 1836-1843 (2007) ( with Edmund W. Gordon)

                       

Ÿ         Professional Rigor, Public Engagement and Judicial Review: A Proposal For Enhancing The Validity of Education Adequacy Studies, TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Volume 109, Number 6, 1303-1373 (2007)

 

·         Rush to Slash Class Size Will Hurt Our Schools, THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS,     April 23, 2007

 

·          School Desegregation: Vital for Educational Equity ---- and for Judicial Integrity, THE  PUBLIC SQUARE, March, 2007 (with Amy Stuart Wells)

 

Ÿ         Nix Mike’s Flawed School Funding Fix, THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 25, 2007.

 

Ÿ         Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Weighted-Student Funding Is Not the ‘100 Percent Solution,’ EDUCATION WEEK, November 29, 2006 (with Bruce Baker)

 

 

Ÿ         Adequacy Cost Studies: Perspectives on the State of the Art, EDUCATION FINANCE AND POLICY, Volume 1, no. 4, 465-483  (fall, 2006)
 

 Stuck in the Stone Age: By Ignoring the Court, Pataki Holds Back City Schools, THE NEW YORK  TIMES, May 1, 2005

  • 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)
  • Proposed Budgets Still Ignore School Kids, ALBANY TIMES UNION, March 26, 2005
  • Court-Ordered Reform of New York State School Aid in Lauri Johnson, Mary E. Finn and Rebecca Lewis, eds. URBAN EDUCATION WITH AN ATTITUDE (State University of New York Press, 2005).
  • Ensuring Educational Opportunity for All Our Kids, EDUCATION WEEK, Aug 11, 2004
  • Book Note, Peter Shrag, Final Test: The Battle for Adequacy in America's Schools, 79 PEABODY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION 141-143 (2004).
  • Highly Qualified" Teachers: Pretense or Legal Requirement? 85 PHI DELTA KAPPAN 690 (May, 2004) (with Molly Hunter).
  • Remarks, Symposium: Brown v. Board of Education at Fifty: Have We Achieved Its Goals? 78ST. JOHN'S LAW REVIEW, 263-275 ( 2004).
  • Of Course Money Matters: Why the Arguments to the Contrary Never Added Up, (CFE, January, 2004) (with Joseph J. Wardenski).
  • 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).
  • Rapid Response, Radical Reform: The Story of School Finance Litigation in Vermont 31 JOURNAL OF LAW & EDUCATION 167 (2002) (with Jeffrey Metzler).
  • Discussion: Do State Governments Matter? in EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A CHANGING WORLD (Yolanda K. Kodrycki, ed.; Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, June 2002).
  • Funding Quality Education in New York 72 THE CPA JOURNAL 30 (Feb, 2002) (with Joseph J. Wardenski).
  • Still Shortchanging the City's Schools, THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 26, 2002.
  • The Continuing Imperative For Education Equity, EDUCATION WEEK, April 24, 2002.
  • Book Review: On Equal Terms: The Constitutional Politics of Educational Opportunity. Douglas S. Reed. Princeton University Press, 2001. 256 pp.  104  TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD 986 (2002), http//www.tcrecord.org, Id No. 10854.
  • Fiscal Equity Litigation and the Democratic Imperative 24 Journal of Education Finance 23 (1998).
  • Commentary - Rodriguez Revisited: An Optimists' View  1998 ANNUAL REVIEW OF AMERICAN LAW, Issue 2, 289 (1998).
  • Efficacy and Engagement: The Remedies Problem Posed by Sheff v. O'Neill -- And a Proposed Solution (with Robert L. Hughes) 29 Connecticut Law Review 1115 (1997).
  • Special Educational Inclusion and the Courts: A Proposal for a New Remedial Approach (with Robert L. Hughes) 25 Journal of Law & Education 523 (1996).
  • Schools, Communities and the Courts: A Dialogic Approach to Education Reform, (with Robert L. Hughes) 14 Yale Law & Policy Review 99  (1996).
  • Fiscal Equity in Education:  Deconstructing the Reigning Myths and Facing Reality 21 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 301 (1995).
  • Tinker, Hazelwood and the Remedial Role of the Courts in Education Litigation, 69 ST. JOHN'S LAW REVIEW 539 (1995).
  • Values Engagement and the Schools, Institute for American Values Working Paper, 1993.
  • National Values and Community Values, Part I: Gender Equity and Education, (with Anne W. Murdaugh), 21 Journal of Law & Education 155 (1992).
  • National Values and Community Values, Part II: Equal Educational Opportunity for Limited English Proficient Students, (with Anne W. Murdaugh), 21 Journal of Law & Education 335 (1992).
  • Teacher Performance Assessment: The Changing State of the Law, 5 Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education 227 (1991).
  • Special Education and the Court's New Role in Justice and School Systems:  The Role of the Courts in Education Litigation (Flicker, B., ed.,Temple University Press,1990).
  • Legal Issues Concerning Teacher Evaluation in Handbook on Teacher Evaluation (Darling-Hammond, L. & Millman, J., eds., National Council on Measurement in Education and Sage Publishing Co., 1990).
  • Schools, Values and the Courts, 7 Yale Law & Policy Review 275 (1989).
  • Values Inculcation and the Schools:  The Need for a New Pierce Compromise in Public Values, Private Schools (N. Devins, ed., Stanford U. Series on Education & Public Policy, 1989).
  • Testing, Public Policy and the Courts in Test Policy and the Politics of Opportunity Allocation: The Workplace and the Law (B. Gifford, ed., National Commission on Testing and Public Policy and Keunder-Nighoff Publishing Co., 1989).
  • Legal Issues Concerning Bias in Testing in Bias Issues in Teacher Certification (Allan R., Nassif, P. and Elliot, M., eds., 1988).
  • Structural Discrimination and the Rights of the Disabled, 74 Georgetown Law Journal 1435 (1986).
  • Disparate Impact of Teacher Competency Testing on Minorities:  Don't Blame the Test-Takers -- or the Tests, 4 Yale Law & Policy Review 375 (1986).
  • Recent Legal Issues in Competency Testing for Teachers in Testing for Teacher Certification (Gorth, W. & Chernoff, M., eds., 1985).
  • Faculty Desegregation:  The Law and Its Implementation (with Arthur R. Block), ERIC/CUE Urban Directory Services Monograph No. 86, Fall, 1983.
  • The Courts' New Role, Social Policy, Spring, 1982.
  • Educational Voucher Reform:  Empirical Insights from the Experience of New York's Schools for the Handicapped, 14 Urban Lawyer 441 (1982).
  • Implementation of Court Mandates Concerning Special Education:  The Problems and the Potential, 10 Journal of Law & Education 335 (1981).
  • Competence Assessment and the Courts:  An Overview of the State of the Law (with Arthur R. Block), in The Assessment of Occupational Competence, ERIC Document No. ED 192-169, 1980.
  • Non-Public Schools for Special education in New York State:  An Experiment in Alternative Education, The Forum, June, 1979. 
  • Recent Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity Law and Their effect on Teacher Credentialing Practices, A.A.C.T.E. Annual Meeting Proceedings, Washington, D.C., 1977.
  • The Law, the Courts and Teacher Credentialing Reform in Licensing and Accreditation in Education (Levitov, N., ed., 1976).
  • Dropout Prevention:  A Legal Route, New York University Education Quarterly, Winter 1975.
  • New York City's School Decentralization Law, Two and Half Years Later, 2 Journal of Law & Education 1 (1973).
  • Undisclosed Informant Information and the Fourth Amendment:  A Search for Meaningful Standards, 81 Yale Law Journal 703 (1972).
  • Community Development in Africa, Peace Corps Volunteer, July 1967.

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TC's Rebell: U.S. "Closer to Racial Equity Than We Were 50 Years Ago"

But we are much "further from Martin Luther King's vision of equal educational opportunity than we should and could be."

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Michael Rebell

Professor of Law and Education

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Michael Rebell: "Nation at Risk" Gave Us Standards Movement

The Professor of Law and Education and Head of the Campaign for Educational Equity, said the report was a "blunt" assessment of weakness in American education that still resonates 30 years later.

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Michael Rebell Publishes New Article on Judicial Responses to Budget Cuts

In an extensive treatise published in the Albany Law Review, Rebell writes that every federal and state court, in years past and since the 2008 recession, has found that "constitutional rights cannot be put on hold because of a recession."

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Gov. Cuomo Establishes Education Reform Commission: Rebell to Press Funding and Equity Issues

Governor Cuomo Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order yesterday creating the New York Education Reform Commission. Michael A. Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, will be one of the commissioners.

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Three with TC Ties Named to New NY Education Reform Commission

Governor Cuomo has picked Michael Rebell, John B. King, Jr. and Eduardo Marti to serve on a new commission that will recommend new reforms for public schools throughout the state.

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Michael Rebell's "The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity" is Published by the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review

In this March, 2012 Harvard Civil Rights-'"Civil Liberties Law Review article, Rebell seeks to establish a statutory and Constitutional basis for the right to a comprehensive educational opportunity for all children in the United States.

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On NY1's Inside City Hall, TC's Michael Rebell Says State Still Delinquent in Court-Ordered Payments to Public Schools

The Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity told Inside City Hall's Errol Lewis that children have a Constitutional right to a good education.

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Rebell, Wolff: "America does not have a general education crisis; we have a poverty crisis."

Michael Rebell, Professor of Law and Education Practice, and Jessica Wolff, Director of TC's Comprehensive Educational Opportunity Project, write in Education Week that America will attain educational equity only by addressing "substantial socioeconomic barriers" that limit school success for many.

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GothamSchools reports that Campaign's Comprehensive Plan Tries Persuasion Instead of Litigation

Michael Rebell, an attorney and director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, told the New York City school news blog that his organization's call for funding of comprehensive education support services for poor children aims to win policymakers' hearts and minds.

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TC's Rebell Says California Class Action Settlement "Recognized Right to Adequate Education"

But, the Executive Director of TC's Campaign for Educational Equity told Educationnext that the impact of last January's settlement, which ended seniority-based layoffs at 45 under-performing schools in Los Angeles, should not have national effects.

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Rebell Talks to NPR's "The Takeaway" About the National Public School Funding Crisis

The Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity was interviewed on August 29 by Celeste Headlee on WNYC Radio about the impact of shrinking school budgets across the nation.

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TC's Rebell Calls NY School Funding Cuts Illegal

In the New York Daily News, the professor of education and law and a lead attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case in New York, argues that Governor Cuomo's proposed budget violates New York State's constitution.

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US Secretary of Education Appoints Rebell to Equity and Excellence Commission

Michael Rebell, professor of education law at TC and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, is a national legal expert on school equity law.

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Rebell, Henig Weigh In On Federal Teachers Jobs Bill

On August 10, President Obama signed an emergency bill authorizing $10 billion in funding for states to head off tens of thousands of teacher layoffs. Here TC's Michael Rebell and Jeffrey Henig assess some of the bill's pros and cons.

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Educational Budget Cuts: Unconscionable - And Unconstitutional

Writing in The Huffington Post, Michael Rebell, Executive Director of The Campaign for Educational Equity, based at Teachers College, argues that children's right to a quality education, as guaranteed by state constitutions, does not evaporate in times of fiscal crisis.

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Rebell Tracks Federal Education Bailout Funds on WNYC

Michael Rebell, director of TC's Campaign for Educational Equity, rates the after federal education stimulus package with WNYC's Brian Lehrer.

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Equity Symposium: Federal Education Money Plugging Budget Holes But Not Advancing Equity

The annual Equity Symposium unveiled research showing that $100 billion in federal funds going to states for school systems is not advancing equity for poor students. To read a New York Times story on research being presented at the symposium, see http://nyti.ms/a0G6KE. To read an op-ed in The Huffington Post by TC's Michael Rebell on the unconstitutionality of current school budget cuts, see http://bit.ly/9nEoRy.

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TC's Rebell Says Governor's School Budget Cuts are Unconstitutional

New York Governor Paterson announced on Tuesday five-percent cuts to state allocations to public schools. Michael Rebell, Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at TC, says the cuts would violate New York State's constitution.

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TC President, 11 Faculty Make 2014 EduScholar Public Influence Rankings

Rankings by Rick Hess, education blogger for the American Enterprise Institute, include President Susan Fuhrman and Thomas Bailey, Jeff Henig, Luis Huerta, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Hank Levin, Ernest Morrell, Aaron Pallas, Michael Rebell, Judith Scott-Clayton, Amy Stuart Wells and Penny Wohlstetter. Hess annually ranks university scholars by their contributions to public debates about education.

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