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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Thu, Sep 27, 2007

Former Chairman Of The NYS Assembly’s Committee On Education Appointed To CFE Board Of Directors

Hon. Steven Sanders continues contribution to school finance reform

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. (CFE), the non profit organization working to protect and promote the constitutional right to a sound basic education in New York, announced that the Honorable Steven Sanders, who chaired the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Education and helped paved the road for massive school finance reform, has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors.

“Steven Sanders is a recognized leader and advocate for public education policy and reform in New York”, said Geri D. Palast, Executive Director of CFE. “In his 11-years as Chairman of the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Education, he forged a remarkable legacy in the fight for education excellence, opportunity, and justice for all public school students. He was instrumental in securing school budget expansions, reform initiatives, and support for CFE principles. I welcome him to CFE’s Board of Directors, and I look forward to his vision and close collaboration as our organization shifts to its new role as leading watchdog for adequate implementation of the reforms that resulted from the CFE lawsuit.”

A member of the New York State Assembly for 28 years (1978-2005), Sanders chaired five standing committees including the Committee on Education from 1995 to 2005. During his tenure, which coincided with the trial in the landmark CFE v. State of New York lawsuit, he presided over the largest increase of funding for public education in New York’s history at that time. He also sponsored an array of education innovations including universal Pre-K, smaller class size initiatives, anti-school violence programs, charter schools and the historic New York City School Governance overhaul in 2002. His legacy outside education includes election law reform, the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act, and the first ever law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in New York. He is currently a partner in Crane, Vacco and Sanders, a government consulting firm.

“I am honored to join the CFE Board. This organization and its effort represent the best hope for our children’s education and for fairness in realizing appropriate funding and resources for our public schools. The next several years will be critical in consolidating the court decision and victories and turning them into permanent education policy to benefit the millions of students across the state,” Sanders said.

Luis Miranda, Chairperson of CFE’s Board of Directors, said: “I am delighted that Steven Sanders, a long time CFE friend and supporter, has joined CFE’s Board as the organization moves to secure implementation of the new budget and legislative reforms that followed CFE’s victory in the courtroom. Together we will ensure that CFE law becomes a reality for all public school students in New York.”
A Manhattan resident, Sanders graduated from the City College in 1973 with a degree in government. His unpaid term as member of CFE’s Board of Directors expires in 2010.

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 >