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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Sun, Dec 9, 2007

Take a Seat

By Geri D. Palast, Letter to the Editor, New York Post

The report, “A Seat of One's Own" was produced in response to the law that mandated the city of New York to produce a class-size-reduction plan for the lowest performing and most overcrowded schools (“Class-Size Canard," B. Jason Brooks, PostOpinion, Dec. 3).

CFE's report was intended to provide a road map, detailing the realities and challenges for the city to come into compliance, particularly since the Department of Education allocated more than half of its CFE funds for class-size reduction.

School reforms that work require an adequate combination of plans and resources.

Ultimately, it is necessary to develop a strategic plan that addresses all the needs of students who have been denied their right to a sound, basic education - something that CFE spent 14 years to establish.


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