10 Years of Advancing Students’ Rights

Today more than ever, children need to be able to count on a quality education.

Sadly, too many of them, especially children in poverty and children of color, continue to attend schools lacking basic educational resources that support teaching and learning and prepare students for success.

Partnering with the full array of education stakeholders, and funded almost entirely by grants and individual contributions, the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, builds models for educational opportunity and justice, with the shared mission of brightening the futures of millions of young people and hundreds of thousands of families.

Make a donation today to help us expand our impact further!

Parents, community activists, statewide associations, and national advocates alike call on our team when they need independent research, policy analysis, legal scholarship, and public engagement.

This year, with your help, we celebrated ten years of trusted work with and on behalf of children who are consistently and systematically deprived of the ordinary educational resources that so many other families can take for granted.

Here are a few highlights from 2015:
  • CEE’s Know Your Educational Rights project helped public school parents in Manhattan and Brooklyn become empowered advocates and school-level researchers for their children’s educational rights.
  • Through Educational Equity ACTion!, a partnership with Epic Theatre Ensemble, talented New York City public high school students wrote and widely performed the informative and transformative play 10467, about the challenges faced in school due to educational inequities.
  • We began a new research and public engagement project to improve schools’ ability to prepare students for civic participation.
  • Our statewide Safeguarding Sound Basic Education task force comprising New York’s leading education, advocacy, and parent groups, developed new policy recommendations to strengthen and protect students’ educational rights under New York State law.
  • The new statewide lawsuit for fair funding for all New York students, New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York (being litigated by CEE executive director Michael Rebell in his capacity as pro bono attorney), and based on foundational research by CEE, is making its way through the justice system.
  • As part of a Teachers College research team, we published a new report and embarked on case studies of “collective impact” initiatives (cross-sector collaborations for improving educational outcomes).

We value your continued support as we initiate our second decade of this important work. Please make a contribution online or by sending check made out to Teachers College, with Campaign for Educational Equity in the memo line, to the address below.

Thank you!
The Campaign for Educational Equity


Campaign for Educational Equity
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W. 120th Street, Box 219, New York, NY 10027


Still Giving Thanks: CEE’s Outstanding Partners and Supporters

As our tenth anniversary year winds down and the holiday season kicks off, we at CEE would like to express our immense gratitude to all those of you who’ve helped us to advance equity in New York children’s schools by participating in, engaging with, and supporting our work this year.

We give special thanks to:

And you! We thank all those of you who read our emails and our blog; those who follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram-especially those of you who regularly share our posts with your respective communities and networks; and those who speak out and take action for educational equity.

We look forward to collaborating with all of you in 2016!

Michael, Jessica, Joe, Ambar, and the rest of the Campaign for Educational Equity team