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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Sat, Jul 28, 2007

CFE Says New City Plan Shortchanges Needy Schools

WNYC Radio

Some education advocates are urging the state to hold off on approving the city's plan for a new pot of school aid. The state is giving the city more than $700 million in additional aid. About a third of that money has to be used to help the neediest students in the lowest-performing schools.

But the Campaign for Fiscal Equity has written a letter to the state claiming the city's plan shortchanges some struggling schools, while high-performing schools would receive 40 percent of the new funds.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he'll come up with more detailed information by August 15th. The new money was awarded this year after 14 years of litigation by education groups and parents in the 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 >