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City of New York Supports CFE as Amici Curiae

In a strong bi-partisan demonstration of support, the Republican and Democratic leadership of the City of New York filed a joint proposed amicus brief on behalf of CFE's appeal on Tuesday, February 25. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chancellor Joel Klein, the New York City Council, its Speaker Gifford Miller, Council Education Committee Chair Eva Moskowitz, and the five Borough Presidents submitted the brief as amici curiae. Emphasizing its vital interest in the outcome of CFE's appeal on behalf of New York City's 1.1 million school children, the City's brief provides the court with first-hand knowledge of the potentially detrimental effects of the Appellate Division's ruling. The City amici provide the Court with a unique perspective of the special needs of at-risk children and the current funding system's negligence of poor, urban, and minority pupils, which constitute a majority of its student population. These needs went largely unrecognized by the Appellate Division.

This brief also makes clear that despite the recent changes in New York City school governance and the aggressive accountability and curriculum reforms recently unveiled by Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein, real system-wide improvements will continue to be stifled without additional state funding. The City explains that the development of its own reform agenda does not release the state from its constitutional obligation to provide every student with the opportunity for a sound basic education.

Signees in the City of New York Amicus Brief:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Chancellor Joel I. Klein
The New York City Council
City Council Speaker Gifford Miller
City Council Education Committee Chair Eva S. Moskowitz
Bronx Borough President Adolph Carrión, Jr.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields
Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall
Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro

Posted February 26, 2003

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