Wednesday, August 30, 2006

CFE: Unfair Distribution of State Education Funds

Capitol Confidential reports that the Court of Appeals has set an October 10 date for a hearing on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Case. As many of you know, the Courts have already ruled that certain jurisdictions like New York City have not received their fair share of state education funds, and have ordered the State to distribute such funds more equitably.

But the State Legislature has repeatedly failed to act on a series of rulings in this case. We can't say we're surprised: the Legislature makes a habit of failing to address difficult issues. But the courts have become increasingly frustrated. In fact, in March, an Appellate Division Court ruled that New York City schools should get between $4.7 and $5.6 billion in additional aid in the next five years.

The Legislature still has done nothing. And something needs to be done -- court orders can't be ignored forever. The Brennan Center has submitted an Amicus Brief in the latest round of this case. We'll be blogging more about it in the coming weeks.

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