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The Schools for New York's Future Act of 2005

What was it?
In 2004 CFE, along with a coalition of statewide organizations, developed statewide legislation intended to ensure school funding reform. The bill was officially released in spring 2005 as The Schools for New York's Future Act (SFNYF Act). It was endorsed by organizations across the state, including the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), and the Rochester Board of Education.

In June 2005, the bill was introduced into the Assembly as A-100 by the education chair, Steven Sanders, with 60 statewide sponsors. In the 2006 legislative session, a budget amendment based on the SFNYF Act was introduced into the senate by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and was supported by most members of the Senate Minority.

What would the bill have done?
CFE's bill was a visionary school-funding plan that would have increased statewide education funding by $8.6 billion over four years and established a transparent, simplified funding system. Every district in the state would have benefited from the bill's foundation formula. It would have provided districts with predictability as to the way their schools are funded and hundreds of districts would have seen substantial increases in state aid. No district would have suffered any reduction in future state aid allocations.

How was it developed?
In November 2004, a panel of judges appointed by the State Supreme Court concluded that New York City schools needed an additional $5.6 billion each year for operating aid and $9.2 billion for facilities. In March 2005, Justice DeGrasse of the State Supreme Court adopted the panel's recommendations and transformed them into an order of the court.

Long-committed to statewide reform, CFE and a coalition of organizations formed a task force and drafted a bill that transformed the court's New York City-focused order into statewide legislation. The methodology used in the bill was based on the same rigorous analyses that were under the measured consideration of the courts in the CFE case.

A Brief Summary of the Bill

[Links to PDFs]
Full Bill
Summary of Major Provisions
District-by-district run

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 >