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Campaign for Fiscal Equity
 

About Us

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. (CFE), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1993 by a coalition of concerned parents and education advocates seeking to reform New York State's school finance system to ensure adequate resources and the opportunity for a sound basic education for all students in New York City. That same year, CFE filed a constitutional challenge to New York State's school finance system, claiming that it underfunds New York City's public schools and, thus, denies its students their constitutional right to the opportunity for a sound basic education.

In 2006, after 13 years in the courts, the state’s highest court delivered the case’s final ruling. The Court of Appeals ruled in CFE’s favor, confirming that the state must provide its children with the opportunity for a sound basic education, defined as the "opportunity for a meaningful high school education, one which prepares them to function productively as civic participants." Working with a broad-based coalition, CFE turned the litigation’s findings and the court’s rulings into legislation benefitting public school students throughout New York State: the Education Budget and Reform Act of 2007.

CFE now serves as the leading non-profit organization working to ensure that the court-established right becomes a reality for our public school students. This entails securing full implementation of the Education Budget and Reform Act’s massive school finance and accountability reforms. To this end, CFE works to provide policymakers, the press and the public with in-depth, fact-based public policy reports for informed decision-making on the important policy questions raised by the addition of new operating and capital resources and accountability measures.


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 >