Richard Lindsay. The Post-Standard. 8/10/2004.

To the Editor:

Your July 30 editorial, "Another Failure," was a deliberately disingenuous presentation of our education financial situation.

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity won its lawsuit in 2003, the Court of Appeals ruling the state failed to provide a "sound, basic education" for New York City students, not all state students.

It should also be pointed out that New York state spends an average of $11,500 per student each year, the most in the nation. Further, since 1995, New York state school aid has increased by 50 percent.

The editor seems to ignore the real goal here, which is providing all children in New York state with a sound education, without bankrupting the state's taxpayers in order to do so.

Richard A. Lindsay

North Syracuse