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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Mon, Feb 14, 2011

Education Coalition to Governor Cuomo: Budget Would “Wipe Out” CFE Funding

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ALBANY--A coalition of eight education organizations, led by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) which successfully sued New York State over adequate school funding, delivered a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asserting that his would “wipe out” funding that was previously delivered to schools as part of the CFE settlement. The Governor’s budget proposal would remove $1.26 billion in foundation aid funding this coming year—the basic classroom operating aid which was increased in order to comply with CFE. Last year’s budget removed $1.18 billion in foundation aid from schools. In the 2007 and 2008 budgets the state provided increases in foundation aid of $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion respectively. “Any way you count it last year’s budget took back half of the CFE money that was provided to schools and Governor Cuomo’s budget would take back the rest,” said Geri Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity. “In the interest of transparency, we ask the Governor to provide an accurate accounting of the numbers.” The coalition includes Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York New York State Association of Small Cities School Districts, New York Immigration Coalition, New York Communities for Change, New York City Coalition for Educational Justice and Advocates for Children.

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CFE Litigation CFE v. State of New York
In 2006, after 13 years in the Courts, the New York State Court of Appeals affirmed the right of every public school student in New York to the opportunity for a sound basic education and the state’s responsibility to adequately fund this right, but deferred to the Governor and the Legislature to determine the appropriate amount. more >