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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Tue, Jun 16, 2009

CFE Statement: New York City FY 2010 Budget

Represents Step Backwards for Schools

Statement of Geri Palast, CFE Executive Director:

The budget agreement reached by the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg marks a disappointing retreat from New York City’s commitment to provide adequate funding for all of New York City’s public school children. Cuts to the classroom and elimination of vital programs like the English Language Learners Incentive Grant Program, the Middle School Success Program and the Student Success Center Program will stifle the impressive strides our highest needs students have begun to make.

With nearly half of New York City’s public school children attending class in overcrowded buildings and failing to graduate on time, we still have a long way to go to provide our students with the facilities, programs and support they need. We should not wait for the economy to recover to resume investing in New York City’s 1.1 million public school children.

Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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