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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Mon, Feb 2, 2009

Mayor Must Follow President Obama's Lead and Invest in Our NYC School Children

Statement of Geri Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity:

“The budget that Mayor Bloomberg released on January 30th strikes a major blow to New York City’s nearly one million public school children. The Mayor's proposal to lay off 15,000 educators would be a repeat of the devastating education budget cuts in the 1970’s that decimated New York City’s schools and led to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation. Generations of our neediest children were denied their right to the opportunity for a sound basic education and robbed of their tickets to a productive career in the global economy. When the mayor took office, CFE and parents and advocates around the state were in court securing constitutionally guaranteed funding for the schools. We worked to enact legislation that has substantially increased state aid to New York City classrooms. Last year we worked with the City Council to partially restore the Mayor's cuts to the city’s schools. President Obama's proposed federal stimulus invests in education both because it is key to economic growth and because today’s schoolchildren must not pay the price for the failed economy. The Governor and the Mayor must follow the President’s lead, prioritize education, and join together to raise the revenue necessary to minimize the cuts through a fair personal income tax on the highest income earners."


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 >