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School Boards Groups File Amicus Brief in CFE Case

On February 3, 2003, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) filed an amicus brief in support of CFE's appeal to the Court of Appeals. Together, these two organizations have a strong interest in education policy affecting the administration and operation of public schools. NYSSBA is a statewide organization that represents nearly 95% of New York's school districts, including both low- and high-need districts. NSBA is a national organization that represents 95,000 school board members who serve more than 90% of the nation's K-12 students. Their strong support demonstrates that the CFE lawsuit addresses a statewide problem and that a proper remedy will have a statewide impact.

In their brief, the groups urge the Court to adopt New York's Regents Learning Standards as the mark by which to measure the adequacy of the state's funding system, stating that the standards "define the minimum skills and knowledge students are expected to acquire as a result of receiving a public education in the State of New York."

They add that, despite difficult fiscal times, the State remains obligated to provide all students with the opportunity for a sound basic education. The brief supports CFE's remedy proposals, calling for reform of the state funding formula to ensure that all districts have the resources they need to provide the opportunity to meet state standards. The brief also highlights a comprehensive costing-out study, currently being undertaken by NYSSBA and CFE, to determine the actual costs of a providing a sound basic education for all of New York State's school children.

Posted February 6, 2003

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 >