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Campaign for Fiscal Equity
 

Mon, Mar 2, 2009

CFE RESPONDS TO COMMISSIONER MILL’S SURR ANNOUNCEMENT

Record Number of Schools Removed From List

Statement of Geri Palast, Executive Director: “The announcement that 25 of the state’s lowest performing schools have made significant improvements and are being removed from the list of Schools Under Registration Review is welcome news. This progress demonstrates the value of the increased school aid investment in low performing districts that resulted from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation. Yet these funds are currently on the chopping block at the state and local levels. President Obama and the Congress made it clear with the stimulus that the economic downturn is not an excuse to cut school funding but the time to invest more in education, particularly for the neediest. The federal stimulus package prioritizes education and takes a big bite out of the $2.5 billion state education budget cut proposed by the Governor. The State must use federal stimulus funds and new revenue from Fair Share Tax Reform that asks New Yorkers who earn over $250,000 to contribute to restore money to the classroom to keep the third year of the CFE promise and ensure that every public school child gets a quality education. The budget must not be balanced on the backs of our kids.”


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 >