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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Thu, Apr 29, 2010

Parents, Students & Taxpayers Read their Letters Before Delivering Three Wagons Full of Letters to Senators

Education Advocates, Parents and Taxpayers Deliver over 6600 Handwritten Letters to Senators Calling for Wall Street Tax to Prevent $1.4 Billion in School Aid Cuts

School Cuts Hurt Education and Cause Property Tax Hikes

“The parents demanding that school children, particularly the neediest, be put at the head of the line for promised state resources follow in the footsteps of the parents who brought the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation 17 years ago and won the constitutional right to a sound basic education. That promised funding that was originally due this year and would have brought $7 billion of additional state resources to the schools. Instead, these students face a $1.4 billion cut that will create catastrophic lay-offs and program and service cuts that will imperil the academic progress and the economic futures of these students. New York’s schools should be on the protected list—our children’s’ education is too big to fail. It is Wall Street’s turn to stand up and give back their fair share to ensure the economic futures of our children and our state,” said Geri D. Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity.

Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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 >