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Campaign for Educational Equity

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! 

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.

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.

English Language Learner Resource Requirements

What resources, services, and supports are New York English language learners entitled to receive? What should schools be able to provide to ensure that all students with limited English proficiency achieve the same educational goals and meet the same standard as the general student population? Are these available in all schools? Find out here in English and Spanish and share with your community?

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?

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?

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.

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.

Resources for Students Struggling Academically

Curriculum and Course Offerings