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Campaign for Fiscal Equity


The outcome of CFE's 13-year fiscal adequacy lawsuit (CFE v. State of New York) led to a new era in school finance reform with the enactment of the New York State Education Budget and Reform Act of 2007-2008. With over $7 billion in additional aid scheduled to come to New York's public schools from FY 2008 - FY 2011 and the implementation of the accountability and public participation initiatives that resulted from our litigation, the stage has been set for systemic change that results in real progress for our students. We are committed to seeing that the promise of the new education finance and accountability reforms is fulfilled.

CFE’s management of the litigation, our related task forces and subsequent reports established the organization as a reliable source for informing education finance and policy discussions. As the policy arm of New York’s education reform movement, CFE has taken on monitoring, analyzing and reporting on New York State and New York City education policy initiatives and budgets. Drawing on strong relationships with policy experts in academia, research and advocacy organizations, CFE’s policy research and analyses yield in-depth, fact-based – and actionable - reports to stimulate discussion and inform decision-making on critical education policy questions - including those raised by the addition of new operating and capital resources and accountability measures.

Our multi-tiered work fits into these four inter-related categories:

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 >