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Dr. David Appel

Dr. David Appel, Director of the School-Based Health Center at Montefiore Hospital and Co-Chair of the New York State Coalition for School-Based Primary Care, testified about the enormous health needs of students in New York City. Dr. Appel, who runs ten school-based health clinics in the Bronx, stated that many New York City schoolchildren suffer from medical conditions (especially asthma) that affect their ability to perform academically because these students, many of whom are uninsured, do not receive appropriate medical care outside of school-based clinics.

During cross-examination, state attorneys implied that because the needs of NYC students are so great, they are virtually uneducable. Assistant Attorney General Harriet Rosen remarked, “So, essentially, we see that to take care of the needs of these children, it takes even more than a village.”

Testimony given on February 15, 2000


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 >