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Politicians Join Hundreds of Advocacy Groups as Amici Curiae in CFE Appeal

On Monday, March 3, 2003, 29 groups submitted a proposed amicus brief, which was prepared pro bono by the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, in a demonstration of their strong support for CFE's appeal. These groups (indicated below) included the Alliance for Quality Education and its nearly 200 member organizations, 28 members of the New York City Council, and other groups representing a broad range of interests and regions of New York State. The amici share a commitment to pursuing justice and opportunity for New York State's public school students and recognize the beneficial contribution that a well-educated population will make to the broader society. The amici maintain that the present school funding formula is the root cause of the State's failure to provide every student with the opportunity for a sound basic education, and that the State's obligation to provide this education ends at the high school, not eighth grade, level.

Groups and Elected Officials:

The Alliance for Quality Education
The American Association of Univeristy Women-New York City Branch
The American Jewish Committee
The Center for Economic and Social Rights
Certain Members of the New York City Council*
The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.
Comprehensive Development, Inc.
The Cook Center for Learning and Development
The Interfaith Alliance of New York State
The Latin American Integration Center
The Legal Aid Society Juvenille Rights Division
Make the Road by Walking
Multicultural Education Training and Advocacy, Inc.
The Metropolitan Parent Center
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The New York Immigration Coalition
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
New York State Association for Bilingual Education
People for the American Way Foundation
The Public Advocate for the City of New York
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
Resources for Children With Special Needs
South Asian Youth Action
South Brooklyn Legal Services
Tutorial Options That Service Students, Inc.
The Women's City Club

*Council Member Tony Avella
Council Member Charles Barron
Council Member Gale Brewer
Council Member Leroy Comrie
Council Member James Davis
Council Member Bill DeBlasio
Council Member Erik Martin Dilan
Council Member Simcha Felder
Council Member Lewis Fidler
Council Member James Gennaro
Council Member Alan Gerson
Council Member Robert Jackson
Council Member Melinda Katz
Council Member Margarita Lopez
Council Member Michael McMahon
Council Member Hiram Monserrate
Council Member Michael C. Nelson
Council Member William Perkins
Council Member Christine Quinn
Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
Council Member Philip Reed
Council Member Joel Rivera
Council Member James Sanders, Jr.
Council Member Larry Seabrook
Council Member Jose Serrano
Council Member David Weprin
Council Member David Yassky
Council Member G. Oliver Koppell

Posted March 7, 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 >