What We Do

What We Do

We work to guarantee every child a meaningful educational opportunity to graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and engaged civic participation. We use legal strategies, academic research, and collective advocacy to achieve foundational change.


Legal Strategies

The Center's Cook v. McKee lawsuit, a pioneering effort to establish a right to education for capable civic participation under the U.S. Constitution, excited students, teachers, parents, researchers, advocates, and policymakers throughout the country.

People marching down the street advocating for education equity

Collective Advocacy

The Center founded and convenes DemocracyReady NY, a nonpartisan, multigenerational, statewide coalition that advocates collectively for improvements in education policy and practice to ensure all New York students are prepared for civic participation.



The Center provides dependable research and analysis to support nationwide efforts to establish strong state constitutional rights to education through advocacy and/or litigation and to secure the funding needed to uphold those rights for all students. For example, through SchoolFunding.Info, the Center provides up-to-date information for those seeking a national perspective on state-based school funding litigation, education-finance reform, and related issues. 

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