2008 – February 14

Will Education Funding Promises be Broken? (click to download PDF)

For fourteen years the Campaign for Fiscal Equity school-funding lawsuit faced a series of appeals and delays that stymied fair school funding reform. The New York State Court of Appeals ruled in the CFE case that the state was failing to meet its constitutional obligation to provide students with a “sound basic education” also defined by the courts as a “meaningful high school education.” Since the CFE lawsuit was originally brought by New York City parents, the ruling was restricted to New York City. However, the need for reform was statewide and the demand raised by community organizations, parents, educators and advocacy groups was for a statewide solution.

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