- Michael Rebell Files Major New Funding Litigation in New York State
New Yorkers for Students' Educational Rights (NYSER) vs. the State of New York is a new lawsuit filed in February 2014 against the State of New York on behalf of the state's public school students. It charges that the state is violating students' educational rights by neglecting its constitutional obligation to ensure that every school has sufficient funding to provide all students with a meaningful educational opportunity. The case is being brought on behalf of a group of plaintiffs that includes 15 individual parents and students and the NYSER coalition, which includes major statewide organizations, parents groups, advocacy groups, and NYC community education councils. The defendants are the State of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Board of Regents, and State Education Commissioner John King.
- Setting the Record Straight: The Truth About School Funding in New York State
It is important to separate rhetoric and reality in today's debates over school funding. To help New Yorkers participate in this important discussion,CEE provides some facts to dispel some current school-funding myths.
- CEE's Analysis of Governor Cuomo's 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposals for Education
Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive budget proposals for 2014-15, while not without some bright points, were largely disappointing, ignoring the ongoing effects on our students - and the risk to New York's economic future - of the state's failure to meet its constitutional school-funding obligations.
- New NY Education Reform Commission Releases Final Report; Michael Rebell Criticizes Its Major Shortcomings
Governor Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission, on which CEE executive director Michael Rebell was a commissioner, released its final report which contains a set of recommendations for New York's schools. The report also includes a separate supplemental statement by Rebell that criticizes the report's failure to deal at all with such major issues as funding, special education, and the lack of appropriate supports for English language learner, and its ignoring major current controversies such as implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), and Common Core systems. Please find the full report and addendum here.
- Know Your Educational Rights Handout: 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. This handout is part of our Know Your Educational Rights series.
- CEE is convening an important statewide conference, "Right Makes Might: Working Together to Ensure Students' Right to a Sound Basic Education Now and for the Future" (January 23, 2014)
On January 23, 2014, CEE will host a conference in Latham, NY, to review the report of the Governor Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission and the governor's executive budget proposal. Then, we will discuss a new statewide lawsuit that will seek to ensure adequate funding and the opportunity for a sound basic education for all students, as well as the political and public engagement activities that, along with the lawsuit, will be necessary to achieve maximum progress in closing budget gaps this year and achieving lasting results for the long term.
- CCE and CCI release groundbreaking statewide pre-K roadmap.
The research is conclusive: Providing a high-quality early childhood education is crucial if we are to reach our state and national goals of educational equity and excellence, preparing children for college and career. CEE and CCI release a report that provides a detailed roadmap for making high-quality, full-day pre-K available for all three and four year olds in New York State over an eight-year period.