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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Patricia Zedalis

Patricia Zedalis, Chief Executive of the Division of School Facilities at the New York City Board of Education, took the stand to discuss the condition of City school buildings. She described antiquated electric and heating systems, and aging buildings that have not be modernized in any comprehensive fashion. Ms. Zedalis testified that at least 120 New York City schools – more than 10% – still use coal fire boilers to heat the buildings.

Ms. Zedalis also testified about the age of the City’s crumbling school facilities. More than half of the existing school facilities in the City were built before 1940, with the largest number of those buildings – 211 – built between 1921 and 1930. Less than 6% of the City’s school facilities were built in the last 20 years.

Testimony given on November 18 & 23 and December 16 & 17, 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 >