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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Parties Present Proposals for Complying with CFE Order

On August 16, parties in CFE v. State presented their plans for fulfilling the Court of Appeals order handed down last summer. The State of New York's proposal included the Standard & Poor's costing out analysis, and the Governor's legislative proposal (rejected by the legislature earlier this year), which claims to provide New York City about $4.7 billion in additional funds over the next five years, but which guarantees only $1.2 billion in new state funds, and lists the balance as "projections" of possible additional state, federal and local funds. In addition, the state's proposal includes plans for a new accountability system which would require districts to create a "resource allocation plan" detailing how resources would be spent, and schools to develop individual school improvement plans that would be consistent with school districts resource allocation plan. It calls for the creation of a new Office of Educational Accountability whose director would be appointed by the Board of Regents with the governor's approval. Read the full-text of the State's proposal (PDF format).

CFE's proposal includes the New York Adequacy Study, which calls for a $4.5 billion increase over the next four years for New York City. In addition, CFE presented the results of the Sound Basic Education Task Force, which examined reforms to the current state funding formulas for operating aid and facilities aid and the current accountability system. CFE recommended the referees consider the Task Force's proposal for simplifying the state funding formulas by collapsing forty of them into one, and a new formula for objectively determining the proportion of additional education funding that should be paid by the state and by localities, including the City of New York. The Task Force also documented the need for $8.9 billion in additional state funds needed by New York City to address issues of overcrowding, class size reduction and other facilities and capital needs. CFE's accountability plan calls for a system consisting of five key elements: 1) Adequate systemic funding, 2) Comprehensive planning by schools and districts, 3) Effective use of resources, 4) Proper assessment of outcomes, and 5) Appropriate consequences for poor performance. Read the full-text of CFE's proposal (PDF format).

In addition to hearing parties' presentations, the referees indicated that as they proceed through the hearings, they may require the assistance of outside experts to inform their decisions. The panel asked parties to consider whether having these experts would be appropriate pursuant to the August 3rd DeGrasse order.

August 17, 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 >