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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Richard Mills

New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills, former Commissioner Thomas Sobol and Chancellor of the State Board of Regents Carl Hayden all testified this week about the significance of the state’s new Learning Standards. All three agreed that the state’s new standards are not lofty, “aspirational” goals (as State attorneys have argued) but the basic skills and knowledge that all students need to be prepared for work, further education, and their duties as participants in a democracy. “It is of absolutely critical importance that all students have these skills,” said Mr. Mills.

Commissioner Mills, Chancellor Hayden and Dr. Sobol also stated that more resources need to be made available in order for students in high-needs areas to meet the state’s new standards. Mr. Mills said that the test scores of students in New York City demonstrated “systemic deficiencies”, and he voiced support for additional resources for City schools as a way to close the gap in achievement by City students and those in the suburbs.

Testimony given on October 20, 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 >