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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Wed, Mar 1, 2006

Senator Bruno Attacks Constitutional Form of Government to Avoid Obligation of CFE

Legislator accuses Justice DeGrasse of "lunacy"

Senator Joseph Bruno’s recent comments accusing Justice Leland DeGrasse of “lunacy” only serve to debase the vital challenge facing lawmakers and the education community in their efforts to ensure all New York’s children a quality education. In attacking the courts’ actions in the CFE case, Bruno has launched a frontal attack on our constitution and on the system of checks and balances upon which our democracy rests.

“You can't create with a constitution three branches of government and then decide to do away with one branch when its decisions are not politically expedient," said CFE Executive Director Geri D. Palast.

“There is a clear constitutional defect in the way New York funds its schools that must be immediately remedied. Any attack on the courts at this point in the CFE case is just another tactic to avoid budgeting the billions more required to fairly fund all New York’s schools,” Palast added.

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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 >