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Advocacy Group's Brief says New York's Children Should Not Have To Wait for a Sound Basic Education.

The Amici Curiae brief submitted on September 28 on behalf of Alliance for Quality Education, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Citizen's Committee for Children, President of the Borough of Queens Claire Shulman, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Junior League of Brooklyn, New York City Club, New York Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., People for the American Way Foundation, PENCIL, Presbytery of New York City of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, Teachers Network, United Neighborhood Settlement Houses, Women's City Club, strongly endorsed Justice DeGrasse's findings and his conclusions that students in New York City and in other parts of the state need additional resources in order to have the opportunity for a sound basic education. In addition, they urged the court to mandate a strong remedy that would result in true school reform, and minimize the amount of time that New York's children will have to wait for it.

In their brief, the amici provide three arguments for strengthening the trial court's remedy. First, they state that leaving the majority of the details to the "political" branches would leave the implementation vulnerable to political pressure. Because the legislators and executive officials must also respond to their various constituent interests, this may interfere with their ability to truly comply with the court's decision.

Second, they contend that the Legislative and Executive branches need a specific directive from the court in order to faithfully implement reform. This not only ensures that reform will take place, it also makes it easier for the political branches to justify their actions to their constituents.

And finally, in order to achieve the above, the amici also recommend that the court should appoint an independent commission to set forth the specific benchmarks of a sound basic education and the actual cost of meeting them. This would ensure that the details are left up to education experts and not judges or politicians.

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 >