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ERIC Number: ED573133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Students' Constitutional Right to a Sound Basic Education: New York State's Unfinished Agenda. Part 2. Filling the Regulatory Gaps
Rebell, Michael A.; Wolff, Jessica R.; Rogers, Joseph R., Jr.; Saleh, Matthew
Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University
This is the second in a series of reports that are the culmination of two years of research by the Campaign for Educational Equity, a policy and research center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and significant input from the Safeguarding Sound Basic Education Task Force, a statewide group made up of representatives from New York's leading statewide education associations, parent organizations, school business officials, and advocacy groups. In 2003, the New York State Court of Appeals held in "Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) v. State of New York" that the state constitution requires New York to provide all of its students "a meaningful high school education" that will prepare them to "function productively as civic participants capable of voting [or] serving on a jury" and "to obtain 'competitive employment.'" Past research by the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College uncovered gaps in the current laws and regulations that leave students' educational rights unprotected. To guarantee that students in schools with high levels of poverty receive adequate, appropriate, and equitable resources, the Board of Regents needs to initiate a thorough review of all of the existing regulations and spell out what level of service is necessary to meet constitutional requirements. This specificity will assist school districts in making policy decisions in difficult economic times and ensure that students' rights are upheld at all times. The recommendations set forth in this report are intended to serve as examples for such an enterprise. This report highlights gaps and needed revisions in five of the areas of essential resources that the courts emphasized in "CFE" (curricula, instructional materials, personnel, class sizes, and resources for students with extraordinary needs). They include the following: (1) gaps in requirements for high school course offerings; (2) gaps in requirements for preparation for civic participation; (3) gaps in requirements for access to instructional materials; (4) gaps in requirements for sufficient numbers of qualified personnel; (5) gaps in requirements on class sizes; and (6) gaps in requirements for resources for students with disabilities. [For Part 1, see "A Roadmap to Constitutional Compliance Ten Years after 'CFE v. State'" (ED573134). For Part 3, see "Utilizing a Constitutional Cost Methodology" (ED573135). For Part 4, see "Ensuring Resource Accountability" (ED573136).]
Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University. Box 219, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 646-745-8282; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Booth Ferris Foundation; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Campaign for Educational Equity
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)