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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Lewis H. Spence

Harry Spence, Deputy Chancellor for Operations of the New York City Public Schools, testified that despite recent and focused efforts to recruit qualified teachers, the number of uncertified teachers in the City’s public schools grew to a five-year high of nearly 13% last year.

Mr. Spence also warned that many seasoned professionals in city schools are nearing retirement. Because teachers salaries in the city are up to 28 per cent lower than those in surrounding suburbs, and because of the poor physical condition of school buildings and large class sizes, he said, “We are having a very hard time recruiting first-rate teachers.”

Testimony given on October 27, 28, & 29, 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 >