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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

John Lee

John Lee, Superintendent of Queens High Schools, testified about the severe overcrowding in his schools. In order to accommodate the huge student population in Queens, he said, many students start their school day at 7:20 a.m. and eat lunch at 9:00 a.m. Furthermore, these students have no opportunity to engage in any extra-curricular activities due to the extreme shortage of space.

Mr. Lee noted that not only does overcrowding present serious inconveniences to students, many of them are being deprived of the minimum number of instructional hours mandated by state law.

Testimony given on February 16, 28 & March 1, 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 >