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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Mon, Aug 25, 2008

CFE Public Comment & Analysis of NYC DOE Proposed 2008-09 Contract for Excellence

Improvement Noted Along with Issues Not Yet Resolved, New Issues Must Be Addressed

(New York City) - The Campaign for Fiscal Equity has completed and sent to the New York City Department of Education its Public Comment on the city's proposed 2008-09 Contract for Excellence along with CFE's Analysis of the proposed Contract allocations provided in the Contract plan released on July 23, 2008.

CFE noted that the DOE has made progress in implementing the Contract for Excellence. However, there are certain areas of concern that were previously highlighted and that have not yet been resolved as well as some new issues which must be addressed. Among these new issues are transparency in reporting and the question of whether Contract funds are being used to supplant or replace City education funding instead of to supplement or add to the resources and services provided to high need low performing schools.

CFE is committed to working with the NYC DOE and the State Education Department to ensure that the city's Contract meets the letter and intent of the law, and provides the constitutional right to the opportunity for the sound basic education established in CFE v. State of New York for every public school student.

CFE’s Public Comment and Analysis can be downloaded at

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