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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Ronald Ferguson

Ronald Ferguson of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government testified about the connection between higher teacher qualifications and student performance. He presented his landmark findings in Texas, which demonstrated a clear link between more qualified teachers, teacher salaries, and student performance. Mr. Ferguson argued that data regarding teacher qualifications, salaries and student outcomes in New York State is very similar to that in the Texas study.

Mr. Ferguson also testified that highly qualified teachers can help a student overcome other obstacles to success. While race, poverty, and parents’ education levels all correlate with low achievement scores, he said, the effect of highly qualified teachers can be so strong that it compensates for other factors and helps disadvantaged students achieve at high levels. He presented evidence that strong teachers have a cumulative effect on students, so that those who score low in the early grades may still achieve at high levels in the upper grades.

Testimony given on December 9, 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 >