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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Wed, Dec 19, 2007

Geri D. Palast's Statement on the "Contract For Excellence Year One Report," Issued by AQE

CFE opines on AQE's grading of the State Department of Education's handling of 2007 Contract process

“This year’s Contracts for Excellence represent a good start, but must be strengthened with meaningful public participation, greater transparency and accessibility of plan and program information, and contract development that is integrated into school budget planning. For the Contracts to produce results, the school districts must receive the necessary funding, $1.24 billion new dollars this year, and policymakers, school officials, parents and students must have the tools and information guaranteed in the education reform law.”

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 >