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Moving Every Child Ahead
From NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity

Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff
Foreword by Susan Fuhrman
Pub Date: January 2008, 208 pages

Paperback: $24.95, ISBN: 0807748501
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“Rebell and Wolff set forth compelling reasons for their recommendations and suggest specific steps that should be taken by local, state and federal education officials. Anyone who cares about improving our public schools, particularly those serving our less fortunate children, would benefit from Rebell/Wolff's thoughtful insights and suggestions for Moving Every Child Ahead..”
Richard Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

“In Moving Every Child Ahead, Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff present precisely the kind of nuanced, fine-grained exploration of NCLB and its impact that the country so desperately needs.”
—From the Foreword by Susan H. Fuhrman, President, Teachers College, Columbia University

Here, for the first time, is the essential volume on NCLB. In Moving Every Child Ahead, Michael Rebell—education law scholar and foremost authority on the educational rights of children who led the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) in its constitutional challenge to New York’s education finance system—and his colleague Jessica Wolff examine the federal No Child Left Behind Act through the lens of educational equity. In compelling and readable fashion, they make specific recommendations for revisions to the law.
Acting as a counterbalance to the current unworkable law, this book proposes a more realistic way to achieve NCLB’s inspiring vision by ensuring the right to “meaningful educational opportunity” for all students.

  • A “must-read” during the debate about the reauthorization of NCLB, this timely volume:
  • Advances a practical and visionary benchmark for measuring and ensuring the quality of public education.
  • Recommends ways that NCLB might be reauthorized with more meaningful provisions to serve students in poverty, in and out of schools.
  • Tackles specific provisions in NCLB head-on, such as the popular, but impossible, goal of 100% student proficiency by 2014
  • Provides a credible alternative vision to ensure that all children will learn in accordance with challenging academic standards.

Michael Rebell is executive director and Jessica Wolff is policy director for the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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