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The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University


On October 24 and 25, 2005 Teachers College sponsored a two-day symposium on the "Social Costs of Inadequate Education." The symposium was part of the College's broader mission of working to close the nation's gap in educational equity - the growing difference in educational expectations, opportunities and outcomes that separates wealthier students from their poorer, chiefly non-white peers. ...The purpose of the conference was to document the extent of educational inequities as well as both the magnitudes and consequences of social costs imposed when major segments of society are poorly educated. An attempt was made to compare the returns to society of improving educational equity and reducing inadequate education.

The Campaign for Educational Equity is the public voice, research and action arm of Teachers College, Columbia University , which is dedicated to promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between the most and least advantaged groups in this country. The Campaign reflects the total institutional commitment of the College to educational equity.

Launched in June 2005 with Michael A. Rebell as Executive Director and Laurie M. Tisch as Board Chair, the Campaign promotes equity through improved policy and practice stemming from research, dissemination and school programs that can serve as national models for reform.

The Campaign's focus on research includes an annual Symposium that brings together experts from around the country and a Report Card (currently in development) that will assess progress toward equity both at the national level and in each of the 50 states. More broadly, the Campaign draws upon the resources of Teachers College, and, where appropriate, of Columbia University as a whole.