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Campaign for Fiscal Equity
 

Thu, May 7, 2009

CFE Statement on Release of 2009 State English Language Arts Results

Results Confirm Correlation Between Fair Funding and Urban School Improvement; CFE Asks for No More Cuts!

Geri Palast, Executive Director:

“These results bear out the central premise of the CFE decision: fair funding plus accountability equals real progress in improving urban schools. The historic increases in state and local funding for poor urban schools in 2007-08 and 2008-09 that resulted from the CFE litigation and reform legislation played an important role in the progress being made. This should underscore to policy makers in Albany and here in New York City that postponing further investment in urban schools until the economy recovers could put these gains at risk.

The increase in the number of students meeting state standards is encouraging - including the gains in scale scores exhibited by disabled students, English Language Learners and the progress shown by black boys - but many students still are not meeting standards.

To continue this incremental progress, CFE calls on the state to make no further cuts to classrooms, to use the remainder of the state federal stimulus funds reserved for next year to restore promised CFE dollars in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) requirement prioritizing funding for “equity and adequacy” settlements. We call on the Mayor to see that there are no cuts to the city’s classrooms and to preserve the Contract for Excellence investments in programs that benefit low performing schools and students. President Obama and the Congress explicitly intended to support state and local efforts to continue funding to address the longstanding education deficit and fulfill the constitutional right to a sound basic education. Today's report underscores the importance for state and local officials to follow their lead."


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 >