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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Thu, Jul 19, 2007

Schott Young Patrons Endorse CFE's Effort To Secure Accountability And Transparency In School Finance Reform

Organization Presents Grant in Recognition of CFE’s Legacy and Vital Role in Ongoing Quest for a Sound Basic Education

The Schott Young Patrons Committee (SYPC), a group of young activist philanthropists supporting organizations that protect and promote quality public education in New York, awarded its first grant to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. (CFE) in recognition of the organization’s historic journey and victory for the 1.1 million public school children of New York City.

"For 14 years CFE has spearheaded the movement to secure the constitutional right to a sound basic education for all public school children in New York," said Geri Palast, Executive Director of CFE. "Our recent victory in the courtroom and the unprecedented reforms that resulted from implementing the new law laid the groundwork for making this right a reality. I am honored that the Schott Young Patrons Committee has acknowledged our effort, and recognizes that our work on the ground has just begun.”

Established in December 2006 by a group of young professionals concerned about the quality of public education for grades pre K-12 in the State of New York, SYPC supports adequate school funding and resources for students with the highest educational needs in districts and communities where the education system has failed to provide the constitutional right to a sound basic education. The 14-member group, which has held fundraising events citywide, chose CFE to receive a $7,000 grant in recognition of the organization’s record in the fight to ensure a sound basic education for every public school child in New York.

“The Schott Young Patrons Committee shares CFE’s vision and desire to ensure that all children in New York receive a quality public education, and is committed to raising awareness to support and mobilize the resources to achieve that goal”, said Emily Gorin, Coordinator of the Schott Young Patrons Committee. “SYPC is thrilled to select CFE as this year's recipient of raised funds, as we continue to support and strengthen the movement for public education justice.”

Founded in 1993, CFE is the leading non-profit organization promoting and protecting the constitutional right to a sound basic education for every child in New York. CFE brought the landmark case CFE v. State, and works to ensure adequate resources, accountability and transparency, and meaningful public participation in the implementation of the 2007-2008 State Education Budget and Reform Act, enacted after final ruling in the CFE litigation.

SYPC works in support of the Schott Public Education Foundation (which develops and strengthens a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced pre K-12 public education in Massachusetts and New York), and is currently conducting outreach efforts to expand its member base and raise awareness on issues of educational equity. The Committee has called on all young professionals to join their efforts to achieve high-quality public education for all of New York’s children. For information on special events and volunteering opportunities the public can contact, or call 617.876.7700.

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