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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Weeks of November 30 and December 7

Conditions in New York:

New York City public schools need the tools of education: textbooks, computers and calculators, libraries, up-to-date books, functioning science labs, gymnasiums, and art and music rooms. Most school districts take these basic necessities for granted; in New York City they are often inadequate, or just not there.

Many New York City schools do not have adequate up-to-date textbooks in all areas. There is a shortage of current-generation computers. Many students have no access to the Internet. Students are now required to read 25 books per year, but the libraries in many schools have been sacrificed to make way for extra classrooms to ease the epidemic of overcrowding. Many of the libraries that do remain often lack librarians and up-to-date books and reference materials.

In a clear example of the gap between the standards and the tools given to teach them, science labs are missing or inadequate because of broken facilities or a lack of supplies. The State requires that students have hands-on laboratory science training; the State does not explain how this can be done in those schools where laboratories are inadequate.

The situation is worse in the arts. For most of the past decade, the arts were absent from New York City schools. Wcen with a recent effort to restore the arts, there are few opportunities for instruction duw to lack of time, instructors, space, and supplies. In this patchwork of arts programs there is nothing that can be called a systematic training in the arts.

Finally, vocational education has always been an important part of preparing children for the workplace. But for New York City students, the available facilities are often so out of date that the skills they manage to learn are no longer marketable or useful in the real world. Moreover, without an extended school day, students do not have time to learn skills on top of their academic requirements.

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 >