Associated Press. New York Post. 4/19/2006.

Advocates who were promised billions of dollars in extra state funds for the city's public schools are asking the state's highest court to force Albany lawmakers to pay the full amount - or face fines and jail time.

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the group that has spearheaded the litigation since 1993, filed its request with the state Court of Appeals yesterday. The group has asked that oral arguments be held within 30 days and a ruling be handed down by June.

The appeal comes on the heels of a decision last month from the state Appellate Division that said the governor and the Legislature should spend at least $4.7 billion more on the annual operating budget of the city's public schools.