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Campaign for Fiscal Equity
  Sat, Apr 4, 2009

CFE and AQE Criticize State Budget for Providing No Dollars for Court-Ordered School Funding

Legislature Credited for Fair Share Tax Reform; But Let Down School Children by Extending CFE Agreement from Four to Seven Years

Albany - "The state legislature showed leadership in enacting a temporary Fair Share Tax Reform and calling for shared sacrifice and contribution during the economic downturn," said Geri D. Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity. "Yet, the school children... Read the full story here.

Tue, Mar 24, 2009

Education Organizations Call for Fair Share Tax Reform Coupled with Federal Stimulus to Restore $2 Billion of $2.5 Billion School Aid Cut

Ask Legislature to Reject Governor's 8-Yr. Phase-in of Campaign for Fiscal Equity Settlement

Albany -- Major statewide education organizations were joined by parents and school district officials from Buffalo, Long Island and Albany in calling on the legislature to restore $2 billion of the $2.5 billion in school funding cuts proposed by the... Read the full story here.

Mon, Mar 16, 2009

Merryl Tisch Elected Chancellor of NYS Board of Regents

CFE Cites Tisch as Longstanding Supporter

New York - "The Campaign for Fiscal Equity congratulates Merryl Tisch on her election by the Board of Regents to serve as New York’s next Chancellor. We thank outgoing Chancellor Robert Bennett for his service.... Read the full story here.

Wed, Mar 11, 2009

Nuisance Taxes Off the Table

Time to Focus on Stopping Devastating Cuts to School Children

Albany - Governor David Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith announced today that they have agreed to utilize $1.3 billion of the federal stimulus aid to eliminate the so-called “nuisance taxes”. CFE and AQE Education... Read the full story here.

Wed, Feb 25, 2009

CFE & AQE Praise Senator Schumer’s Leadership in Securing Federal Stimulus Education Dollars

Stimulus Takes Major Bite Out of Governor’s $2.5 billion School Aid Cut

Albany—The federal stimulus package provides multiple funding streams to help schools around the state including $3 billion in fiscal relief over the next two years to the State of New York, $2.5 billion of which is definitively reserved for education... Read the full story here.

Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Analysis Shows 64% of School Districts Face Cuts in Excess of $15,000 per Classroom

Call for School Aid Restorations and for Fair Share Tax Reform

Albany -- Major education advocacy groups were joined by Education Committee Chairwomen Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Senator Suzi Oppenheimer in releasing data showing that 64% of school districts face cuts in excess of $15,000 per classroom with 60 districts facing... Read the full story here.

Mon, Feb 2, 2009

Mayor Must Follow President Obama's Lead and Invest in Our NYC School Children

Statement of Geri Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity:

“The budget that Mayor Bloomberg released on January 30th strikes a major blow to New York City’s nearly one million public school children. The Mayor's proposal to lay off 15,000 educators would be a repeat of the devastating education budget... Read the full story here.

Wed, Jan 28, 2009

CFE Testifies Before Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees

Statement of Geri D. Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity

“The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) believes the Governor’s proposal to cut $2.5 billion from New York’s classrooms is bad economics. In addition to a budget deficit, there is an education deficit that by law and long term economics must... Read the full story here.

Wed, Jan 7, 2009

CFE Responds to the 2009 State of the State

Statement of Geri D. Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity

"Governor Paterson has been dealt a challenging hand, but he must address the economic crisis using the same principles of fairness and equity that he has supported throughout his career. The schoolchildren of New York State have operated at a... Read the full story here.

Tue, Dec 16, 2008

CFE and Education Advocates React to Governor's Budget

Educating Our Children - vs - Protecting The Wealthy

(Albany, NY) The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), Citizen Action of New York (CANY), the New York Immigration Coalition, New York City Coalition for Educational Justice, Education Voters and Advocates for Children of New... Read the full story here.

Thu, Dec 4, 2008

AQE & CFE React to Regents Proposal for State School Aid Increase of $879 Million

Praise Regents Leadership in Tough Times in Calling on Governor Paterson to Maintain Commitment to School Children

The New York State Board of Regents released its state school aid proposal today calling for $879 million in new school aid in 2009, a 4.1% increase. The proposal includes a $586 million increase in foundation aid, $61 million in... Read the full story here.

Tue, Dec 2, 2008

CFE Gives Testimony at City Council Hearing on NYC 2010-2014 School Capital Plan

Deputy Director Helaine Doran Urges DOE to Present Meaningful, Detailed Plan to Address Overcrowding

Doran stated that CFE cannot endorse the proposed capital plan without an understanding of when enhanced educational opportunities will be available because of improved building conditions.... Read the full story here.

Mon, Nov 17, 2008

CFE and Major Education Advocates Criticize Governor Paterson’s Proposed School Cuts for Turning Back the Clock on Educational Equity

Governor’s Budget would Cut $6,371 from Average Classroom Statewide, some Schools Face Proposed Cuts of $12,000 per Classroom

Albany - Several major education advocacy groups criticized Governor David Paterson at a press conference at the state Legislative Office Building today for proposing $836 million in public education cuts for school children across the state.... Read the full story here.

Wed, Nov 12, 2008

Over 200 Non-Profits and Service Providers to Gov. Paterson: Cuts Alone Will Devastate New York's Future

Groups Who Provide Services to Seniors, Children, Homeless, Mentally Ill, People with Aids Call on Paterson to Stop Exempting Wealthy New Yorkers from Budget Pain

The One New York: Fighting for Fairness Coalition and the Better Choice Budget Campaign joined forces in calling on the Governor and legislative leaders to abandon a budget policy that call on poor and vulnerable New Yorkers alone to bear... Read the full story here.

Wed, Nov 12, 2008

CFE Statement on Governor's Two Year Deficit Reduction Plan

November 12th Plan Cuts Education Budget by Over $800 Million

"Today, Governor Paterson - once a partner in securing the legislation that was finally going to turn a constitutional right into a reality - took a wrong turn when he proposed his two-year deficit reduction plan.... Read the full story here.

Fri, Oct 10, 2008

Hundreds of New Yorkers Kick Off “One New York: Fighting for Fairness” Campaign to Stop City Budget Cuts Aimed at NYC’S Most Vulnerable

Coalition of More Than 50 Major City Organizations Announces Campaign Targeting Mayor and Council to Protect Vital Services and Balance the Budget by Raising Revenue; CFE Founding Member

New York— Just two days after city agencies submitted plans for across-the-board budget cuts that will impact legal services, child welfare, the homeless, schools, people with AIDS, the elderly, and youth, a broad based coalition of almost 75 citywide social... Read the full story here.

Mon, Aug 25, 2008

CFE Public Comment & Analysis of NYC DOE Proposed 2008-09 Contract for Excellence

Improvement Noted Along with Issues Not Yet Resolved, New Issues Must Be Addressed

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity has completed and sent to the New York City Department of Education its Public Comment on the city's proposed 2008-09 Contract for Excellence along with CFE's Analysis of the proposed Contract allocations provided in the... Read the full story here.

Sun, Jun 29, 2008

Education Organizations Applaud City Council Budget for Restoring $129 Million in Education Funding

New Initiatives Invest in Middle School Reform and English Language Learners to Address High Priority Educational Needs

(New York, NY) This evening the City Council will adopt a budget that includes $129 million in classroom restorations and creates new grant initiatives that will result in new investment in critical interventions in comprehensive middle school reform and programs... Read the full story here.

Tue, Jun 17, 2008

CFE Analysis of Preliminary NYC DOE Contract for Excellence: Allocations Do Not Meet State Standard for Predominately Serving Neediest Students

Advocates Call for Strong Central Initiatives to Address Students with Highest Educational Needs

Contrary to state regulations requiring that 75% of the Contract dollars be spent on 50% of the schools and students in greatest need, CFE found that NYCDOE is allocating only 59% to the neediest schools, and 41% to higher performing... Read the full story here.

Thu, Jun 12, 2008

NYC Contract for Excellence Update:

DOE Announces Second Round of Contract Hearings

At the Brooklyn Contract for Excellence Hearing on June 12th, Terrence Tolbert, Executive Director of the DOE's Intergovernmental Affairs Office, announced that there will be another round of hearings on the Contracts.... Read the full story here.

Thu, Jun 5, 2008

CFE Testifies on DOE Preliminary Contract for Excellence Plan at Staten Island Hearing

Public Participation Process Not in Compliance with State Law and Regulations

On June 5th at the Staten Island Contract for Excellence Hearing, CFE raised concerns about both violations of the required public participation process and regarding the apparent distribution of the Contract for Excellence funds to a significant number of high... Read the full story here.

Wed, May 21, 2008

Chancellor Says State Must Change Contract for Excellence to Absorb City Education Budget Cuts

Education Advocates and State Elected Officials Voice Opposition

On May 21, New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced the City's plan to ask Albany for “flexibility” to $63 million of the Contract for Excellence funds that are supposed to provide additional funding for high-need low-performing schools.... Read the full story here.

Mon, May 19, 2008

Parents Demand Swift Intervention of State Education Department

Deliver Demands to Board of Regents along with Light Bulbs to Symbolize Need for Openness and Transparency in Contracts for Excellence

Albany, NY)--Parents and education advocacy groups from across the state delivered a protest letter to the NYS Board of Regents today calling on them to take a tough stand with local school districts regarding Contracts for Excellence, the state’s new... Read the full story here.

Fri, May 16, 2008

Assembly Speaker Silver Introduces Resolution Calling on City to Keep Its Education Funding Promise

Joined by City Council Education Chair Robert Jackson and Education Advocates on Steps of City Hall

Silver cities the recently enacted state budget, noting that state legislators “honored our moral obligation”and kept the promise to fund New York City's schools at the level agreed upon for resolving the CFE litigation.... Read the full story here.

Thu, May 1, 2008

Keep the Promises Coalition Speaks Out in Response to Mayor Bloomberg’s Executive Budget

Parents, Educators and Elected Officials Decry $450 million in cuts to Education Funding and Announce Advertising Campaign to Restore the Funds to Our Schools

Last year the Mayor and the City Council matched the historic commitment that the state made to reverse the chronic, multi-generational underfunding of the New York City public schools by agreeing to $2.2 billion increase over 4 years. Today the... Read the full story here.

Wed, Apr 9, 2008

CFE & AQE Reaction to Record School Aid Increase: Equity and Accountability Maintained, Assembly and Governor Provided Leadership


The 2008-2009 education budget enacts a record $1.75 billion increase in funding for public education; the key issue delaying the education budget was not how much money would be spent but how it would be distributed across the state.... Read the full story here.

Thu, Mar 27, 2008

Keep the Promise on Education: Assembly Education Budget Gets Passing Grade; Senate Budget Fails

Education Groups Support Assembly Bill with Income Tax Hike on Millionaires to Fully Fund Education

A coalition of education and community organizations, joined by Assembly Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens), praised the Assembly budget for adding $300 million in basic classroom operating aid to the budget proposed by the governor.... Read the full story here.

Tue, Mar 18, 2008

CFE and AQE Express Objections to Proposed Final Contract for Excellence Regulations

Organizations Urge Commissioner Mills to Revise Regulations to Allow for Expansive Public

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. (CFE) and the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) issued a letter to Richard P. Mills, NYS Commissioner of Education, urging him to reconsider the proposed final regulations surrounding Section 211-d[4] of the Education Budget... Read the full story here.

Fri, Feb 22, 2008

CFE Files Amicus Brief in Support of the Monroe County School Districts

CFE Opposes the F.A.I.R. Plan which Slashes Monroe County's Funding to 24 School Districts

CFE filed an amicus brief to the Appellate Division in support of the Monroe County Public School Districts’ suit opposing the F.A.I.R. Plan, which slashes by half Monroe County’s funding to 24 school districts.... Read the full story here.

Sun, Feb 10, 2008

Community Organizations, Education Advocates, Clergy and Labor

Coalition Launches Campaign to Protect Schools from $700 Million Cuts

A diverse coalition of education advocacy groups, community organizations, clergy, labor unions and dozens of elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall today to launch a campaign against state and city budget proposals that would cost New York... Read the full story here.

Mon, Feb 4, 2008

CFE Urges State Officials to Restore Funds to Meet 2008 School Aid Obligation

Legislated Education Funding Commitment Must be Off-Limits to Cuts and Delays

Legislated Education Funding Commitment Must be Off-Limits to Cuts and Delays... Read the full story here.

Tue, Jan 22, 2008

CFE and AQE's Response to the Governor's Executive Budget Proposal

Geri D. Palast and Billy Easton react to Spitzer's Executive Budget Proposal for 2008-2009

Geri D. Palast and Billy Easton react to Spitzer's Executive Budget Proposal for 2008-2009... Read the full story here.

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NYC's Initial Contract for Excellent
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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 >