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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Tue, Dec 2, 2008

CFE Gives Testimony at City Council Hearing on NYC 2010-2014 School Capital Plan

Deputy Director Helaine Doran Urges DOE to Present Meaningful, Detailed Plan to Address Overcrowding

Citing the State Supreme Court 2001 and the Court of Appeals 2003 decisions which state that all students in the state are entitled to “minimally adequate physical facilities and classrooms which provide enough light, space, heat and air to permit children to learn,” Doran noted that an important element of CFE’s ongoing advocacy for appropriate use of state and city resources has been to examine how well DOE is developing and building capital improvements so that overcrowding is eliminated, class sizes are reduced to, at a minimum, the State-wide averages and that all school buildings have the appropriate specialized spaces.

Pointing out that the proposed capital plan's articulated strategies do not give a clear picture of the extent that overcrowding will be reduced, the ability to reduce class sizes at all grade levels and to remove temporary structures, Doran called on the DOE to further develop and explain its strategies. Doran stated that CFE cannot endorse the proposed capital plan without an understanding of when enhanced educational opportunities will be available because of improved building conditions.

Download CFE's full testimony (pdf).

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