University of Rochester

Supporter of Fiscal Equity in Schools Delivers Address

February 21, 2002

How to prepare the next generation of capable citizens by teaching them well in public schools will be addressed by Michael Rebell, a lawyer and president of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, on Tuesday, March 19, at a conference in Rochester. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity is a nonprofit corporation of parent organizations, community school boards, concerned citizens, and advocacy groups that seek to reform the state's education funding system.

Rebell, who successfully argued in State Supreme Court that the current New York State school funding system is unconstitutional, will deliver his remarks at the conference sponsored by the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. The program begins at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport, Brooks Avenue at the Route 390 exit.

An annual Warner School event on values in education, the conference will explore what it means and what it costs to give students a sound basic education. A panel of local leaders will respond to Rebell's remarks. They are: Dan Drmacich, principal of School Without Walls; Thomas Frey, a lawyer and former Monroe County executive; Ronald J. Mendrick, a lawyer and past president of the Monroe County School Boards Association; Sandra Parker, president of the Industrial Management Council; Andrew Ray, principal of James Madison High School of Excellence; and Miriam Vazquez, principal of Eugenio Maria DeHostos Charter School. All present will be discussing the issues during dinner. The cost of the program, which includes a box supper, is $55; $50 for sponsors; and $35 for full-time students. The registration deadline is March 8. For more information, contact (585) 275-8270 or e-mail