Michael A. Rebell (Executive Director and Counsel for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. ). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 01/2004.
ABSTRACT: This is the final chapter in Bringing Equity Back, a book that examines the concept of educational equity and addresses the imperfect legacy of reform efforts since Brown v. Board of Education. This chapter argues that adequacy litigation offers a new path towards the ideal of equal opportunity and excellent education for all students. The author reviews the history of education finance litigation, focusing on the adequacy lawsuits of the last 15 years. The author argues that these lawsuits contain immense potential for achieving the democratic principles that have characterized reform goals, but will only prove successful in realizing them when combined with public and community engagement.