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Midstate Consortium Submits Amicus Brief

On February 28, the Midstate School Finance Consortium supported CFE's appeal by filing a proposed amicus curiae brief with the Court of Appeals. A voluntary association of 239 New York State school districts and 19 BOCES, the Consortium is committed to educational reform and the improvement of the state school funding system.

In their brief, the Consortium underscores the state's obligation to provide an adequate high school education to every student by calling attention to the fact that, despite the Appellate Division's holding that the state's education obligation ends at eighth grade, the State's compulsory attendance laws require students to be enrolled in school until age 16 or 17.

In addition to calling for a constitutional standard that is more closely aligned with, and stronger than, the current compulsory attendance laws, the Consortium addresses the "complex and byzantine" nature of the state's funding formula and outlines its own proposal for a new, more simplified mechanism.

Posted March 5, 2003

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