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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Fri, Feb 22, 2008

CFE Files Amicus Brief in Support of the Monroe County School Districts

CFE Opposes the F.A.I.R. Plan which Slashes Monroe County's Funding to 24 School Districts

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. (CFE), the non-profit organization working to protect and promote the constitutional right to a sound basic education in New York, today filed an amicus brief to the Appellate Division in support of the Monroe County Public School Districts’ suit opposing the F.A.I.R. Plan, which slashes by half Monroe County’s funding to 24 school districts.

CFE believes that the County has unjustifiably thrust its Medicaid debt onto the shoulders of its schoolchildren. CFE argues that both the County’s interpretation of the Medicaid sales tax intercept statute and the lower court decision are directly contrary to the text and the spirit of last year’s historic reforms to the State’s school finance system and the landmark increases in education aid, both of which were enacted to remedy the constitutional inadequacies identified by the CFE litigation.

“The historic new investment that resulted from the CFE litigation and implementing legislation was designed to provide additional resources to high-needs districts. The law expressly requires districts to supplement not supplant local funds. CFE calls on the Appellate Court to reject the lower court ruling approving Monroe County’s plan which inflicts serious injustice on vulnerable school children, and imperils their constitutional right to a sound basic education,” said Geri D. Palast, Executive Director of the Campaign For Fiscal Equity.

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 >