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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Helaine Doran

Helaine Doran, Senior Policy Analyst for the New York City Public Advocate’s Office, presented a report called “No Room to Learn”, a study of overcrowding in the City schools conducted by her office. The report showed an alarming lack of space and facilities that is hindering the City’s efforts to reduce class size. According to the report, 61% of the City’s elementary school buildings are operating at or above their capacity. In creating the report, interviewers visited 43 NYC public schools and found the following:

Only 9 of the schools have art rooms.

22 of the schools’ cafeterias are forced to run split period lunches of 25 minutes each. At PS 135 in Queens, lunch runs from 9:40 am to 2:15 pm.

In many of the schools, special services like remedial reading and speech therapy are being held in such converted spaces as former storage rooms, closets B even a former phone booth.

Testimony given on November 19 & December 1, 1999

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 >