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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Tue, Feb 15, 2011

Analysis: The other side of NY's budget 'sham'

"When a governor takes office," Cuomo said, "in many ways the die has already been cast."

But education and health care advocates say the die isn't cast so diabolically. The out-year estimates of spending are made by governors and the Legislature and, in the case of much of education spending, by order of the state's highest court.

"To say it's an out-of-control formula is just Albany hocus-pocus," said Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality education, a labor and parents group that advocates for school aid. "It's a combination of a broken promise and a one-year cut."

Here's how: $1.2 billion of what Cuomo criticized as a bogus starting point for school budgeting this year has been ordered by the state Court of Appeals. It is the latest installment from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit against the state in which the court found the state had underfunded public schools for decades in violation of the constitution's guarantee of a sound education for all New York kids.

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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 >