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Small City School Districts and "853 Schools" Coalition File Amicus Briefs

Support for CFE's appeal continued to mount with the submission of two additional amicus curiae briefs to the Court of Appeals - one on behalf of New York State Association of Small City School Districts, and another filed by the New York State Coalition for 853 Schools.


The Association of Small City School Districts is comprised of 57 urban districts throughout the state, excluding the Big Five, that serve over 260,000 students and employ over 20,000 teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff. Their brief explains the demographic and socio-economic similarities between small cities and large urban centers in the state and asserts that the state funding system is unconstitutional because of its failure to provide additional resources for poorer districts serving large populations of disadvantaged students.


The 853 Schools' brief offers the court another perspective in its focus on the challenges faced by special education service providers caused by the state's "chronic underfunding" of schools. Such challenges include recruitment and retention of qualified teaching staff and inadequate or deteriorating facilities. The coalition of 130 schools provides educational and related services to students with severe disabilities outside of the regular educational setting.


Posted April 8, 2003


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