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Our Mission

The Institute for Educational Equity & Opportunity (“IFEEO”) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, organization dedicated to the pursuit of educational equity and opportunity, particularly for disadvantaged United States’ public school children, through legal means. The IFEEO is especially interested in fair and equitable public school finance laws.

Towards this end, IFEEO is concentrating its efforts towards the creation and implementation of four main projects:

1)  the study of the history, judicial interpretation, and implementation of the education clause in the state constitutions of all fifty states;
2)  the IFEEO Legal Fellowship and Summer Associate Award;
3)  the IFEEO Educational Archives Project; and
4)  conducting continuing legal education programs and other workshops to educate the public, corporations, policymakers and lawmakers on the latest issues and most important topics in public school financing and educational equity.

For more detailed information on IFEEO or additional information regarding any of our current projects, fellowships/summer associate, grants, etc., please click the appropriate link on this page or About Us.

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John Brittain, former Chief Counsel & Sr. Deputy, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, reads an advance copy of "A Quality Education for Every Child:  Stories from the Lawyers on the Front Line".

See more information about the book at the link below.

A Quality Education for Every Child: Stories from the Lawyers on the Front Line

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Upcoming Continuing Legal Education Programs:

The State Constitution Education Clause:  Educational Equity and School Finance:  What Type of Education Does the State Have to Provide, 3 substantive credits, Apri 19, 27, and May 4.  Philadelphia, PA.

**Note that April 13 session has been postponed until May 4.

 

Understanding and Applying the Pennsylvania Education Clause, 1 substantive credit, April 20, May 21, Philadelphia, PA.

Register for and more information about Understanding and Applying the Pennsylvania Constitution Education Clause

Education in the 50 States:  Understanding and Applying the History of State Constitutions and Laws About Education, PACLE approved for 2 substantive credits, April 30, May 15, June 4, Philadelphia, PA.

Register for and more information about the Education in the 50 States: Understanding and Applying the History of State Constitutions and Laws About Education CLE

Click here for flyer describing all IFEEO CLEs

CLE Programs scheduled for March 30 have been postponed until May.  For information, email info@ifeeo.org.

Press release: Former IFEEO Fellow, now University of Massachusetts professor, Mark Paige, joins IFEEO Board

Press Release: Prominent Philadelphia Educator and Community Leader Marciene Mattleman, Ed. D., named to IFEEO Board

Press Release Announcing the Appointment of Constance Cannon Frazier, Chief Operating Officer, American Advertising Federation, to IFEEO Board

Sheilah D. Vance, Esq., IFEEO President and General Counsel, testified before the Commission on Equity and Excellence, U. S. Department of Education, on April 29, 2011 in Philadelphia.  President Barack Obama appointed the Commission in February 2011 to examine the disparities in meaningful educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap, with a focus on systems of finance, and recommend ways in which federal policies could address such disparities. The commission is comprised of 28 members from a range of backgrounds, including education, law, tax, government, business, and civil rights."  The Commission's final report will be released mid-2012.

Click on link below to read Vance's testimony

Testimony of Sheilah D. Vance, Esq., IFEEO President and General Counsel, to Equity and Excellence Commission, US Dept. of Education

Click here for IFEEO's 2011 Annual Appeal letter and form.

IFEEO BOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW AT 50% OFF!

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IFEEO Books Score Big in National Best Books 2009 Awards

Both books published by the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity (IFEEO) were named finalists in the National Best Books Awards, sponsored by USA Book News (see their national press release at www.usabooknews.com), for outstanding works by all publishers and authors.

A Quality Education for Every Child:  Stories from the Lawyers on the Front Line, just released in October 2009, was a finalist in the category Education:  Academic, and IFEEO's September 2008 publication, Education in the 50 States:  A Deskbook of the History of State Constitutions and Laws About Education was a finalist in the category, History:   United States.

"I am so pleased that these unique works about public school financing and educational equity law, from a contemporary and a historical perspective, have been recognized as the outstanding works that they are," said Sheilah D. Vance, Esq., IFEEO Executive Director.  "We were fortunate to assemble a great team of authors, researchers, and editors who represent some of the most brilliant practicing attorneys and scholars in these areas to write and edit our books.  They truly deserve the honor and credit for this recognition."

Both books are available at all bookstores and on-line booksellers and through all trade and academic book wholesalers, such as Baker & Taylor and Ingram.

"It was IFEEO's intent to make these books as widely available as possible so that practicing attorneys, students, scholars and the general public could access them.  We hope that these publications help to continue to influence educational law and policy for a long time to come," said Vance.

 

ON SALE NOW AT 50% OFF!

Click here for more information about and to order Education in the 50 States: A Deskbook of the History of State Constitutions and Laws about Eduction

Click here for more information about and to order A Quality Education for Every Child: Stories from the Lawyers on the Front Line.

Praise for Education in the 50 States

"Thanks to IFEEO for researching and publishing "Education in the 50 States."  At Education Justice, we rely on this, IFEEO's first book, as a valuable resource in our advocacy for better educational opportunities across the country.  "Education in the 50 States" is an excellent account of the exceptionally high regard for broad, public education on the part of the nation's founders, and throughout the subsequent history and development of each state and the United States.  We cited your book in our amicus brief to the Oregon Supreme Court earlier this year, and we are doing the same in our amicus for the Missouri Supreme Court that will be filed next week.   "Education in the 50 States" has already proven extremely helpful in connecting the educational philosophy and language of the Eighteenth Century to current state constitutional language in the Twenty-first Century.  The emphasis on the need to educate all citizens well ("the diffusion of knowledge among the people) in order to preserve their rights and liberties and a republican form of government sets a high standard for all state education systems to this day. Thanks again for documenting in this book the crucial underpinnings that education provides for sustaining our democracy."
Molly A. Hunter, Esq., Director, Education Justice
Education Law Center, Newark, New Jersey
Standing Up for Public School Children

Education in the 50 States report.

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