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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Steven Farkas

Steven Farkas, Director of Research for Public Agenda, discussed a compelling survey which shows that New York City employers have a dramatic lack of confidence in NYC’s public schools and their graduates. Eighty-six percent of employers surveyed believed that a diploma from a City high school does not guarantee that a student has mastered basic skills. Nearly three quarters of employers said that students from NYC school lack the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. In addition, 90% of those surveyed believed that the jobs currently available at their company require employees with higher skills than were necessary in the past.

For the second time since the trial began, attorneys for the State objected to questions about preparing students for employment. They objected to the admission of the Public Agenda report into evidence, arguing that the issue of whether NYC schools are providing the basic skills students need to enter the workforce is “not relevant” to a sound basic education. The judge overruled their objection.

Testimony given on January 13, 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 >