Wed, Mar 23, 2005
CFE Releases Schools for New Yorkâ€™s Future Act
Plan would increase education funding by $8.6 billion over four years
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity released the Schools for New Yorkâ€™s Future Act today, its visionary education funding plan that will increase statewide education funding by $8.6 billion over four years and establish a transparent, simplified funding system. Every district in the state will benefit from the actâ€™s foundation formula, which will deliver districts predictability in the way their schools are funded, while hundreds of districts will see substantial increases in state aid. The act will offset the paltry sums proposed for education by the senate, the assembly, and the governor this year and will meet all aspects of the courtsâ€™ orders. No district would suffer any reduction in future state aid allocations.
â€śThe governor and the legislature must act now and immediately adopt the Schools for New Yorkâ€™s Future Act so that all children in New York State are provided their opportunity for a sound basic education this year,â€ť said CFE Executive Director and Counsel Michael A. Rebell. â€śBy choosing political expedience over justice, Albany continues to play politics with the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkâ€™s children. Together, with organizations across the state, we are calling on the governor and the legislature to step up to the plate and deliver our kids the resources they need without any further delay.â€ť
The Schools for New Yorkâ€™s Future Act will counter the Stateâ€™s continual defiance of the courts and blatant disregard for the educational needs of our children. After the State failed to enact any of the reforms that were ordered by the Court of Appeals in June 2003, State Supreme Court Justice Leland DeGrasse appointed a panel of judicial referees to study the problem and issue recommendations. On November 30, 2004, the panel concluded that New York City schools need an additional $5.6 billion each year for operating aid and $9.2 billion for facilities. On February 15, Justice DeGrasse adopted all of the panelâ€™s recommendations and gave the state 90 days to implement them.
Long-committed to statewide reform, CFE and a coalition of organizations formed a task force and drafted a bill that transformed the courtâ€™s New York City-focused order into statewide legislation. The act will eliminate much of the complexity of the present funding system and will let parents and the public know how much money is being allocated to districts and where it is going. Specifically, it will
* provide an additional $8.6 billion for operating expenses to be provided to districts across the state, phased-in over four years;
CFE will introduce the Schools for New Yorkâ€™s Future Act during the 2005 legislative session. The act has already been endorsed by organizations across the state, including the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), and the Rochester Board of Education.
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 >