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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Tue, Jul 20, 2004

Governor's Proposal Falls Short; CFE Hopes Legislature Will Find Remedy For New York's Children

Special Session is Last Gasp Opportunity for Legislature to Come Up with an Acceptable Plan

Providing meaningful educational opportunities to all New York students tops the legislative agenda this week as the governor ordered the state legislature to return to Albany on Thursday for a special session on reforming school funding. The special session provides an opportunity to focus on creating strong schools, and CFE urges members of the senate and assembly to create a statewide solution that goes beyond the governor’s reintroduction of his previously inadequate executive budget proposal.

“The governor’s plan rehashes an inadequate proposal that was dead on arrival six months ago,” said Michael A. Rebell, CFE Executive Director and Counsel. “The governor’s bill will not stop this issue from going back to court on August 3. The special session would, however, allow the legislature to come up with a real plan that meets children’s needs. I hope that they will seize this last opportunity.”

With only 10 days until the court-ordered CFE deadline, communities around the state are increasingly concerned that legislative inaction will result in districts losing out on much needed resources and reforms for their schools. Governor Pataki’s shift-the-blame game has already put almost 700 school districts in an untenable position. Without a state budget, undue stress is heaped on superintendents, teachers, staff, students, and their parents who cannot adequately plan for the upcoming school year. The governor today admitted that it is "grossly irresponsible" not to make education funding fairer in New York State.

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 >