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Campaign for Fiscal Equity


The Campaign for Fiscal Equity submitted its CFE compliance plan on Thursday to the panel of special masters appointed by Justice Leland DeGrasse on August 3 after the state failed to meet the Court of Appeals July 30 deadline. The three-part plan is comprised of a context-setting overview of education adequacy litigations, the final report of the Sound Basic Education Task Force, and the New York Adequacy Study, the landmark costing-out analysis released in March 2004.

In the plan's preliminary statement, CFE stressed the importance of implementing a statewide remedy to avoid technical formula problems and political complications. Although the court's jurisdiction is technically limited to New York City, plaintiffs have emphasized that any reforms to the formula that affect New York City public schools, which educate 38% of the state's children, would necessarily have an impact on districts around the state.

Documents CFE Submitted to the Special Masters:

Brief regarding burden of proof, public hearings, and status of the city of New York
Executive Summary of CFE's Proposed Compliance Plan
Educational Adequacy, Democracy, and the Courts, an overview of education adequacy litigation by Michael A. Rebell


The next briefing with the special masters will take place on August 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All of the briefings will be open to the public and will be held at the offices of Pillsbury Winthrop at 1540 Broadway New York, New York.

The schedule of meetings follows:

On August 16 from 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m., the parties will be granted an hour each to summarize their respective proposals. The briefing will be held at the offices of Pillsbury Winthrop (1540 Broadway New York, New York).

On August 31, the parties will submit briefs that set forth objections to the other side's plan, identify issues in dispute that need resolution, and propose procedures for resolving outstanding disputes.

On September 8 at 10:00 a.m., the panel will hear oral argument on all issues in dispute and on proposed procedures for resolving them.

August 12, 2004

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 >