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Two Groups of Amici Submit Briefs in Support of CFE Appeal

On March 10, CFE's appeal received significant additional support with the submission of two amicus curiae briefs to the Court of Appeals, one on behalf of the Partnership of New York City, and another filed jointly by the Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Legislative Caucus, the NAACP, and a group of 15 national, state, and local elected officials.

The Partnership for New York City is a network of business leaders committed to enhancing the City's economy and maintaining its position as a global center of commerce. In their brief they assert that in order to solidify the City's position as a commercial capital, public schools must prepare students for higher education and high-level jobs and surpass the eighth-grade standard set by the Appellate Division.

The brief filed on behalf of the Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caucus and amici draws the Court's attention to the disparate racial impact of the State's school funding formula and deems court intervention necessary to rectify the formula's inequities that are "impervious to change."

Signees in the Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caucus Amicus Brief:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks
Congressman Major R. Owens
Congressman Charles B. Rangel
State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
State Assemblymember James F. Brennan
State Assemblymember Michael Gianaris
State Assemblywoman Rhoda S. Jacobs
State Assemblyman Jeffrey Klein
State Assemblyman Ivan C. Lafayette
State Assemblyman John W. Lavelle
State Assemblymember John J. McEneny
State Assemblyman Brian M. McLaughlin
State Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera
New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr.
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields

Posted March 11, 2003

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