Senator Bruno Attacks Constitutional Form of Government to Avoid Obligation of CFE

Senator Joseph Bruno's recent comments accusing Justice Leland DeGrasse of "lunacy" only serve to debase the vital challenge facing lawmakers and the education community in their efforts to ensure all New York's children a quality education. In attacking the courts' actions in the CFE case, Bruno has launched a frontal attack on our constitution and on the system of checks and balances upon which our democracy rests.

"You can't create with a constitution three branches of government and then decide to do away with one branch when its decisions are not politically expedient," said CFE Executive Director Geri D. Palast.

"There is a clear constitutional defect in the way New York funds its schools that must be immediately remedied. Any attack on the courts at this point in the CFE case is just another tactic to avoid budgeting the billions more required to fairly fund New York's schools," Palast said.

March 1 , 2006