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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Tue, Mar 1, 2011

Robert Jackson Leads Protest Against Gov.'s Education Cuts

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City Council Member Robert Jackson, joined by 200 other protesters, led a rally against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s planned $1.5 billion budget cuts to education on Feb. 19 in Albany.

As the lead plaintiff in the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit filed in 1993, Jackson argued that the funding cuts will take back the money that was promised to city schools. To reduce education cuts Jackson and protesters urged Cuomo to reverse tax breaks on the richest New Yorkers.

“In 2003, I walked 150 miles to Albany because an eighth grade education was not a ‘sound basic education’ for our children,” Jackson said in a statement. “How can (Cuomo) be setting our school children back while offering tax cuts to New York’s highest income earners? This budget would take back every dollar in CFE funding ever delivered by the state.”

The CFE lawsuit was finally resolved in 2007 by the courts with the enactment of a four-year commitment to increase school aid statewide by $7 billion including $5.5 billion in basic classroom operating aid.

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 >