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Definition of a Sound Basic Education¹

Asound basic education mandated by the Education Article [of the New York State Constitution] consists of the foundational skills that students need to become productive citizens capable of civic engagement and sustaining competitive employment.

In order to ensure that public schools offer a sound basic education the State must take steps to ensure at least the following resources:

Sufficient numbers of qualified teachers, principals and other personnel.
Appropriate class sizes.

Adequate and accessible school buildings with sufficient space to ensure appropriate class size and implementation of a sound curriculum.

Sufficient and up to date books, supplies, libraries, educational technology and laboratories.

Suitable curricula, including an expanded platform of programs to help at risk students by giving them "more time on task."

Adequate resources for students with extraordinary needs.

A safe orderly environment.

¹Source: New York State Supreme Court, CFE v. State of New York Decision, January 10, 2001

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