Topic: The Fight for Education
Guest Speaker: Michael A. Rebell, Director of the Center for Educational Equity at Columbia Teachers College
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Michael A. Rebell is the executive director of the Center for Educational Equity and Professor of Practice in Law and Educational Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Previously, Mr. Rebell was the executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York, a challenge to the system of funding public education in the State of New York which has established the right of all students in the state to the "opportunity for a sound basic education. "
Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous major class action lawsuits, including Jose P. v. Mills, which involved a plaintiff class of 160,000 students with disabilities. He also served as a court-appointed special master in the Boston special education case, Allen v. Parks. Currently, he is co-counsel for plaintiffs in New Yorkers for Students Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York, a challenge to the state's failure to fully implement the rights established in the CFE case. Mr. Rebell is the author or co-author of six books, and dozens of articles on issues of law and education. Among his most recent works are Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts and Civic Participation (Univ of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2018), Courts And Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through The State Courts (U. Chicago Press, 2009 and 2017 Supplement,) and The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity, 47 Harvard Civil Rts-Civil Lib. L. Rev. 49 (2012.)