Fri, Feb 17, 2006
CFE Appoints New Executive Director
Geri D. Palast, a proven leader in policymaking
Geri D. Palast, a legislative problem-solver with a track record of success and Washington policymaker who served during both Clinton administrations, has been appointed executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Palast succeeds Michael A. Rebell, who led CFE to victory in the landmark court case CFE v. State that has earmarked billions of dollars in remedial aid for New York City schools.
The choice of Palast by the CFE board signals a strong commitment from the 13-year-old organization to vigorously pursue a legislative solution to ensure that the court victory it won under Rebellâ€™s tenure of litigation results in actual reform. Rebell, along with Joseph Wayland of Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett, will continue to defend CFEâ€™s victories against frivolous appeals and will remain involved for however long is necessary to secure full state compliance with the order of the Court of Appeals.
â€śMs. Palast is a proven leader with the policymaking experience to take this campaign across the finish line. At this critical time in CFE's fight for fair funding in our schools, she will have the full force of our resources behind her to get the job done," said CFE Board Chairman Luis Miranda.
â€śI look forward to working with our allies in securing a political solution to CFE that results in educational opportunity for all New Yorkâ€™s children. The Stateâ€™s negligent foot-dragging is unconscionable and must be stopped,â€ť said Palast.
Ms. Palast has had an illustrious career. From 1993 to 2000, she served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs during President Clintonâ€™s two terms under Labor Secretaries Robert Reich and Alexis Herman. She also served on the Presidentâ€™s Interagency Council on Women, where she chaired the Committee on Women in the Global Economy. Palastâ€™s career highlights include founding and directing the Justice at Stake Campaign, a national organization working to ensure fair and impartial courts and serving as the Political and Legislative Director of Service Employees International Union. Most recently, Ms. Palast was Counsel to Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP, directing the firmâ€™s program reaching out to institutional investors in areas of litigation, policy, and public affairs.
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 >