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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Fri, Apr 20, 2007

CFE Appoints New Communications Director

Javier Gómez Will Join Our Effort to Provide an Excellent Education for Every Public School Child in the Empire State

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), the coalition of parents, community and advocacy organizations leading the reform of New York State’s school finance system, today announced the appointment of Javier Gómez as Communications Director.

“I am pleased to announce that Javier Gómez will join our effort to provide an excellent education for every public school child in the Empire State”, Geri Palast, CFE’s Executive Director, said. “Following our recent victories in the courts and with the enactment of the Governor’s education budget, a foundation formula based on need and accountability and the approval of the Contracts for Excellence legislation, CFE now moves into a new era of ensuring accountable implementation.”

With 11 years experience in New York media and communications, Gómez recently served as Deputy Press Secretary to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, assisting in the creation of a bilingual communications operation at the Department of Law. Prior to that he served as Press Officer at the Office of the New York State Governor, where he designed and implemented a successful Hispanic media and Hispanic community outreach initiative. Winner of four National Hispanic Publications Print Awards, Gómez has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the City College of New York and a Master’s Degree in Business Journalism from Baruch College. He was a reporter and bureau chief at El diario/LA PRENSA, New York’s leading Spanish language newspaper, and is currently an adjunct lecturer for the Multilingual Journalism Department at Herbert Lehman College.

“Basic education is a right,” Gómez said. “The court has reaffirmed the State’s responsibility to provide the best basic education possible, and CFE continues to lead the effort to ensure adequacy, accountability and transparency in school funding and accountability throughout the state of New York. I am thrilled to join this organization, and look forward to contributing to its strong legacy.”

Established in 1993, CFE won the landmark case establishing the right of every public school child in New York to a “sound basic education.” Armed with the historic court victory, with the new education budget with an increase of $1.76 billion this year and a four year commitment to increase the state education budget by $7 billion, and with a new accountability plan including the Contracts for Excellence, CFE will work with concerned parents and a coalition of education advocacy organizations to ensure that the necessary resources and accountability measures make the right to a sound basic education a reality for our students and our schools.

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 >