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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Wed, Sep 7, 2005

CFE Urges Mayor Bloomberg and Democratic Candidates to Spell Out the Steps they Will Take to Compel the Governor and the Legislature to Comply with the Court of Appeals' CFE Order

Call on the Governor to work with Legislature on enacting "New York Future's Act"

While the schoolchildren of New York face another year of deprivation and lost opportunity, the 2005-06 school year holds the promise of fresh opportunities to bring a legal resolution to the CFE case and finally deliver the reforms.

CFE is urging Governor Pataki to not squander his remaining days in office as a lame-duck governor and to work with the legislature to pass and enact the Schools for New York’s Future Act, which was introduced into the assembly in June with 60 statewide sponsors. CFE also calls on Mayor Bloomberg and all the Democratic mayoral hopefuls to support the bill and come up with serious strategies for pushing state lawmakers to immediately resolve CFE.

“We have just submitted a major 60-page brief to the Appellate Division to counter an appeal from the governor that has absolutely no legal merit and is not worthy of any serious consideration. The governor is wasting everybody’s time with his stalling tactics, and doing undue harm to our children and to our constitution. Every serious candidate in the New York City mayoral race should be up-in-arms over the governor’s affront to the schoolchildren and strategizing about how to tackle this defiance. The future of our schools, our city, and the entire state of New York are at stake if they don’t,” said CFE Executive Director and Counsel Michael A. Rebell.

Since the governor’s appeal is based on so-called legal arguments that have been rejected in New York and in courts across the nation, CFE is optimistic that the latest appeal will be rejected by the courts and the way paved for billions of dollars in new school funding to begin to flow to schools in time for the start of the next school year. To ensure this outcome, the following issues must be achieved before January 2006:
(1) creation of a new teachers’ contract that provides incentives for highly qualified teachers to teach in schools that have the greatest needs;
(2) building of a community consensus around a solid school-funding plan that will lay out how best to use the new CFE funds to promote improved student achievement; and the
(3) enactment of the Schools for New York’s Future Act—statewide school-funding legislation that meets the court mandate in CFE and would deliver districts across the state the increased funding and reforms they need.

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 >