Thu, Sep 4, 2003
Campaign For Fiscal Equity Urges Commission To Adopt Transparent Practices And Include State Eduction Community
CFE fears Governor-appointed Commission is off to wrong start
While the Campaign for Fiscal Equity supports the Governorâ€™s establishment of a Commission with a broad, statewide mandate, CFE is concerned that the Commission is off to the wrong startâ€”stirring up political rivalries after being established in a shroud of secrecy and without adequate participation from the statewide education community. Three immediate problems must be addressed.
First, the composition of the Commission is currently too limited, with not enough K-12 educators, and an absence of school board members, rural representatives, parent groups, advocacy groupsâ€” and legislators, representatives of the NYC Department of Education and the State Board of Regents. Second, the Governor must bring Mayor Bloomberg, the Chancellorâ€™s office, the Legislature, the Board of Regents and relevant advocacy and education groups into the process. Finally, the Commission must adopt a transparent process that invites public engagement.
2) The establishment of a system to ensure ongoing consultation and public engagement as the commission moves toward its March deadline and assurance that all of the Commissionâ€™s meetings will be transparent and open to the public;
3) A priority ordering of the Commissionâ€™s work that will, among other things:
a.) Recommend by late November the amount of additional funding needed in the next fiscal year to address immediate crisis issues identified by the Court of Appeals, such as teacher
b.) Utilize the extensive data and analysis developed in the record of CFE v. State of New York and in the New York Adequate Study currently being conducted by leading national experts.
Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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 stateâ€™s responsibility to adequately fund this right, but deferred to the Governor and the Legislature to determine the appropriate amount. more >