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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Thu, Apr 10, 2008

Victory for Teachers in Tenure Battle

Elaine Rivera, WNYC

The city's public schools and teachers were big winners in the budget, approved by New York's legislature yesterday.

Gov. David Paterson and the legislature restored $644 million in additional school funding. The city now has a record $8.3 billion education budget.

Geri Palast, of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which won a lawsuit last year to get a more equitable funding distribution for city schools, says Governor Eliot Spitzer had planned to cut the funding. But she says the current legislature came through.

PALAST: So, New York City public school children have made out extraordinarily well in this fight, as have districts around the state.

REPORTER: City and state teachers' unions also scored a victory when legislators did away with a Bloomberg administration measure that would have allowed student test scores to be a factor in whether teachers received tenure.

For WNYC, I'm Elaine Rivera.


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