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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Tue, May 27, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein Faced Raucous City Council Hearing over Administration's Proposed School Budget Cuts

Elaine Rivera, WNYC

Klein angered many of the council members and education activists after he proposed to state legislators that they lift restrictions on how he can spend state education money. Klein wants to take $63 million of that funding to implement an equitable across-the-board 1.4 percent cut at all of the city's public schools. Otherwise, he contends some schools could be hit with a 6 percent cut.

But Geri Palast, of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, says they fought hard to win the lawsuit that requires the state to give more money to low-performing schools to rectify inequities. She says Klein needs to go back to Mayor Bloomberg and ask for more money

PALAST: And we can't retrench - and we're retrenching in an environment where there is a large surplus in this city...

Klein defends the request saying that even though there is a budget surplus rising costs - from teachers salaries to paying more for fuel - requires that schools need to cut back along with other city agencies.

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