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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Midstate Finance Consortium Says Decision is Appropriate

The Midstate Finance Consortium, a voluntary association of 245 school districts and 17 BOCES dedicated to educational reform and improvement of school funding mechanisms in New York State, filed an amicus curiae brief supporting Judge De Grasse's January 10 decision on September 12.

In its brief, Midstate affirms that the right of all New York State public school students to receive a sound basic education has not been adequately met. It cited the current budget fight in the legislature as a palpable example. The 'bare bones budget" passed by the legislature, says Midstate, lacks the funding for such programs (among others) as Bilingual Education and Teacher Support Aid, Teacher Centers, and Mentor programs. All of these programs, says Midstate, are necessary for a sound basic education. This illustrates the need for judicial intervention to help overcome the dysfunctional system for funding education.

In addition, the court's ruling that the school aid formula provide as much "transparency" as possible so that "the public may understand how the state distributes school aid" is consistent with Midstate's proposal for a simple and fair school funding formula.

Furthermore, Midstate joins the New York State School Boards Association and the New York State Association of School Business Officials in the contention that it is ultimately the state's responsibility to provide a sound basic education to all of New York's students and that localities should not be punished if they are unable to do so with current funding.

In conclusion, Midstate supports the decision of Judge De Grasse as being both appropriate and necessary in order to ensure all of New York State's students receive a sound basic education.

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 >