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Thomas Cogan. Queens Gazette. 4/12/2006.
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi is challenging the seemingly unstoppable Eliot Spitzer for this year's Democratic Party nomination to be governor of New York. As a way of admitting the difficulty of his task, he told his audience at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Installation Luncheon that Spitzer, the state's attorney general, is "a giant", while in contrast, "62 percent of the people don't even know me." To make himself better known, he is on a heavy speaking schedule between now and the date of the primary election, September 12. At the QCC luncheon in April, he was getting some attention in advance of Spitzer, who is to be the speaker at the QCC Business Expo and Luncheon, May 18 at Terrace on the Park.
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John Toscano. Queens Gazette. 4/5/2006.
Queens lawmakers in Albany serving in both houses and affiliated with both parties were solidly on board with their respective leaders in voting for the bipartisan budget fashioned by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.
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Robin Finn. New York Times. 3/31/2006.
Eight wild weeks into her job as executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, after her eighth trip to Albany to sweet-talk, or agitate, the Legislature on behalf of the cash-deprived New York City school system, the Hon. Geri D. Palast — as her business cards identify her — returned to her still undecorated Midtown office a satiated mover and shaker of public policy. Almost.
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Richard Gentilviso. Queens Gazette. 3/22/2006.
Rejecting a ride later this month with the city Department of Education (DOE), the first independent Parents' Lobby Day took place last week when busloads of public school parents joined forces with teachers in Albany.
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Joseph Spector. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 9/4/2005.
Carolee Albert is helping her six grandchildren get through the Rochester School District, so she's obviously interested in the district's fate. And while she's watching the race for mayor closely, she shrugs off suggestions that the next city leader can significantly affect the struggling school system.
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Stuart Low. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 1/23/2005.
Many schools' arts budgets are strained at a time when educators stress the importance of the arts for student development. And increasingly, youngsters no longer encounter the fine arts at home. These struggles are especially keen in some urban classrooms. The arts have become a microcosm of well-known inequities between city and suburban schools
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Greg Winter. New York Times. 5/8/2003.
At 52, Mr. Jackson is leading a 150-mile march from Manhattan to Albany to dramatize the lawsuit in which he is both plaintiff and progenitor. Contending that the state has shirked its own constitutional obligation to provide all children with a sound basic education, the suit challenges whether its $13 billion education budget for 3 million schoolchildren is nearly enough.
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Michael Rowett. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette . 1/15/2003.
A dozen years ago, Kentucky overhauled its public schools under court order and enacted reforms that have been touted as a national model. Yet, education problems persist, and many education leaders in the Bluegrass State worry that budget woes endanger the momentum.
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Journal News. 5/6/2006.
Yonkers declared victory this week in its battle for more state school aid by withdrawing a lawsuit filed 11 months ago to secure more funding. City government and the Board of Education are apparently willing to take the state at its word that millions of dollars in additional funding granted this year will be recurring in future years. That's a leap of faith considering that city schools were bruised in earlier years when additional aid was not forthcoming. That's what brought on the lawsuit.
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Leonie Haimson. Gotham Gazette. 4/24/2006.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have made sweeping changes in the city's schools, but the administration has ignored the number one concern of many parents, teachers and advocates: class size. A Newsday poll taken before the election found that class size remained the top education concern of voters. More recently, a Fordham online survey of more than 500 parents and education advocates found that only 4 percent supported the mayor's education initiatives, while the overwhelming majority replied that his highest priority should be reducing class size.
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Journal News. 4/20/2006.
The easiest thing that New York's highest court could do about the state's oh-so-longstanding school-funding equity case would be to wait out the departure of the oh-so-long-avoidant governor.
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Gail Robinson. Gotham Gazette. 4/20/2006.
Is the end actually in sight? Speaking to reporters on April 18, Michael Rebell, a lead attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, said the case seeking billions more in funding for New York City public schools could be drawing to a close.
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Journal News. Journal News. 4/16/2006.
Last week's chest-thumping contest over the state budget between the governor and state legislative leaders aside, local school officials and taxpayers at least can be grateful for one thing: State education aid figures for the 2006-'07 school year that are contained in the Legislature's budget apparently can be counted on. That means voters can go to the polls next month to decide the fate of local school budgets a bit more confident than usual that they won't be blindsided by broken, even unmade, promises.
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Ross Sandler and David Schoenbrod. Wall Street Journal. 4/8/2006.
On March 23, a New York appellate court ordered the state legislature to provide an additional $4.7 billion for operating the New York City schools, plus another $9.2 billion for construction. These are immense sums, even in the Empire State. The advocacy group that brought the suit, Campaign for Fiscal Equity, declared the court's decision would "get real action" because the legislature must "come up with a solution now, right now." This was good spin, but it's not true.
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Adam Brodsky . New York Post. 4/2/2006.
In 2003, New York's top court dealt a potentially huge blow to taxpayers, opening the door for billions more of their tax dollars to be shoveled into the public-school money pit.
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Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin. 4/1/2006.
It's April 1. Do you know where your state budget is?
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Journal News. 3/31/2006.
Yonkers' financial future looks brighter this week than any time since the last state Emergency Financial Control Board packed up and left town in 1998. Credit an attitude change in city-state relations, election-year politics, state realization that high-needs school districts such as Yonkers require increased funding, and the city's own willingness to contribute to that funding for the proposed $84.7 million state-aid package that will greatly ease the district's $100 million budget shortfall.
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E.J. McMahon . New York Post. 3/27/2006.
Last week's appeals-court ruling in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) case leaves a murky picture even murkier. This is what happens when courts meddle where they don't belong.
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Bryan Virasami. Newsday. 3/7/2006.
The mayor is taking his fight for more New York State school aid to the people -- with an army of his own.
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James Odato. Albany Times Union. 3/3/2006.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Stephen Saland Thursday called on Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to quit representing the state on matters involving the controversial Campaign for Fiscal Equity school funding case.
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Michael Gormley. Newsday. 3/2/2006.
State Senate Education Committee Chairman Stephen Saland chastised Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Thursday for mixing his campaign for governor with his duties as attorney general.
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Elissa Gootman; Jennifer Medina Contributed Reporting From Albany . New York Times. 2/28/2006.
The city's Panel for Educational Policy approved cuts to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's school construction plan last night, scrapping 21 new school buildings and scores of other smaller projects that the mayor says the city cannot afford to build this year without more money from the state
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Kenneth Lovett & Kenneth Lovett and David Andreatta. New York Post. 2/28/2006.
An angry Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno yesterday defiantly said he will not follow a judge's order to boost New York City school funding by some $7.4 billion annually over the next five years, calling it "lunacy."
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Errol A. Cockfield, Jr.. Newsday. 2/25/2006.
State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Friday that if he is elected governor, he would direct the state to fully comply with a court order to send billions of dollars more in aid to the city's public schools.
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Jennifer Medina. New York Times. 2/18/2006.
When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced this week that he was killing plans for dozens of buildings that were to be built under New York City's school construction plan, he blamed leaders in Albany for not sending enough money to the city.
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David M. Herszenhorn and Jim Rutenberg. New York Times. 2/14/2006.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg scrapped 21 buildings from New York City's school construction plan yesterday and blamed state lawmakers and Gov. George E. Pataki for not providing the money needed to build them, ratcheting up his pressure on Albany in a long-running battle over school financing.
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Greg Winter. New York Times. 2/13/2006.
Gov. George E. Pataki rounded out his commission on education reform yesterday, naming six more members and picking a director to help guide the panel through the task of overhauling the state's school financing system.
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Josh Robin. New York One News. 2/10/2006.
When it comes to Governor George Pataki's education plans, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says city school kids are getting shortchanged. In Albany Monday to testify on Pataki's nearly $110 billion budget, Bloomberg avoided any direct attacks on the governor, but he sharply criticized the level of state funding for the city's schools.
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Dick Iannuzzi. New York Teacher. 4/13/2006.
Two weeks ago, I wrote in this space about the effectiveness of cooperation. I cited a handful of examples from NYSUT locals and school districts across the state that demonstrated, quite often, that working together works. Well, since then, that working together concept has proven itself in several very significant ways. And that's good news for our profession and for the families of New York state.
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Mary Anna Towler. Rochester City Newspaper. 4/5/2006.
Well, city taxpayers, get ready to start celebrating. Forget about begging Albany for more money. The good people of the Town of Brighton, backed by the Brighton-Pittsford Post, have come up with a way to help solve the city's financial problems: Get tax-exempt properties to pay for the services they use.
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John Toscano. Queens Gazette. 4/5/2006.
Keep the champagne chilled for about another week and hold the toasts for the remarkable job our mayor did in getting the school construction funds he demanded from the state legislature.
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Tom Robbins. Village Voice. 8/16/2005.
Being a lame-duck governor deprives George Pataki of much of his Albany clout, but it does nothing to diminish his substantial powers of office. And before he takes off for the Iowa caucuses on his quixotic presidential quest, the Peekskill patroon is poised to make the most of it by rolling out scores of appointments.
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Nicole Gelinas. City Journal. 6/16/2005.
Student test scores rose in New York City this year—and in some classrooms and schools, kids made truly significant gains. Consider Region Five, a poor district of eastern Brooklyn and Queens. As Julia Levy reported in the New York Sun, the district was an “educational wasteland for decades,” with two-thirds of the schoolchildren failing at everything. But this year, the district’s elementary- and middle-school students pulled off testing gains of 17 percentage points in English and 10 percentage points in math, outpacing the city’s average gains in both areas.
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Judy Ducayne. The Citizen. 3/1/2005.
New York state taxpayers are being strong-armed by the education system once again. The newest "scam" says we need to produce more money to fund New York City schools. This would result in major income tax increases for middle-class families or a huge statewide sales tax increase. We're talking about a total increase in school spending amounting to $9.36 billion, according to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. This would be put in place over the next four years in equal amounts of about $2.46 billion per year.
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Joseph Dolman. Newsday. 3/31/2004.
After many years of struggle in the schoolhouses of America's tough- luck central cities, we've learned this much: It's insanely hard to turn around troubled students who live in a world of chaos and failure.
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Joseph Dolman. Newsday. 1/22/2004.
It's still a favorite subject for an army of aging romantics perched on barstools throughout the five boroughs. Give them half a chance and they will launch into a seminar on New York City as Casablanca West.
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Utica Observer-Dispatch. 1/8/2004.
Will Gov. George Pataki make a comeback?
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Joseph Dolman. Newsday. 1/7/2004.
Now here we are again. Only this year, as the legislature yawns and stretches and does its best to look lifelike, Albany isn't simply weighing the components of yet another first-aid kit for the city's eternal budget emergencies. Not this time. Rather, the state is facing a court order to devise a funding system by July 30 that will allow city schools to give their students a quality education. As a poll-challenged pol who has asked New Yorkers to judge him on the basis of his education reforms, Bloomberg has a tremendous amount riding on what Albany's ultimately does.
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Bob Cohen. Albany Times Union. 4/11/2006.
Your editorial stating that the current state budget is a mixed bag at best for Albany schools was right on the mark ("Good news, bad news," April 4). Even with the Legislature's $5.4 million increase in state education aid, Albany residents once again face the prospect of budget cuts and a double-digit property tax increase.
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Peter Brothers. Albany Times Union. 4/2/2005.
Your recent editorial "The bill comes due," regarding the school aid lawsuit, hits home with a lot of us. I could not have said it better than when you mention "But they didn't do their jobs, they talked and dithered, argued and postured. ... But no action," referring to Gov. George Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.
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Vito Sciscioli (Sirector, Syracus 20/20). The Post-Standard. 1/24/2005.
On behalf of Syracuse 20/20, I am writing relative to your Dec. 20 editorial, "Court Gesture" and other articles recently reporting on school finance reform in New York State. Syracuse 20/20 certainly agrees that the citizens of this state face an historic opportunity to demand statewide reform of New York's education funding system that provides all students with a sound basic education. However, we would argue that the solution must be through state legislation enacted during the 2005 Legislative Session and not through the courts.
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Bernadette Medige. Buffalo News. 1/18/2005.
A recent News editorial chided Buffalo Board of Education Member Catherine Collins for marching to her own drummer by opposing charter schools despite parent demand for them, and for wanting to delay the closing of three elementary schools. Smaller classes and better programming are not demands unique to charter school parents. Parents, the Board of Education and the unions are all in agreement on this. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity is fighting -- and winning -- to make funding them a reality for all children statewide.
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Stephen Morello (Director of Communications, New York City Department of Education. ). New York Times. 12/20/2004.
Re ''How to Spend $5.6 Billion? Heed Those in the Classrooms,'' by Samuel G. Freedman (On Education column, Dec. 15): Mr. Freedman implies that through some sort of disconnect, the city's plan under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, a case that moved toward resolution last month with the recommendation by a court-appointed panel to increase aid to city schools by $5.6 billion a year, did not contain funds for improvements proposed by the staff of Middle School 45.
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Richard Lindsay. The Post-Standard. 8/10/2004.
Your July 30 editorial, "Another Failure," was a deliberately disingenuous presentation of our education financial situation. 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.
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Calvin Corriders (President, Syracuse Board of Education) & Cynthia Kirby (Vice President, Syracuse Board of Education). The Post-Standard. 5/3/2004.
The Syracuse City School District educates a student population that contains many more students of poverty, students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency than the surrounding districts. All of these students require more resources in order to succeed. In addition, our infrastructure is very old, most of the buildings being between 70 and 100 years old. This requires more resources to upgrade and maintain our school buildings.
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Bonnie Brower. Newsday. 4/29/2004.
Forget about baseball, folks. The hottest game in town between now and early summer is the city's budget. It's a bloodsport of dueling tax-cut proposals by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller.
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Michael A. Rebell. Albany Times Union. 3/13/2004.
The March 2 article, "School aid plan targets taxpayers," misrepresents two important elements of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity's recently proposed education reform plan for operating aid.
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Michael A. Rebell. Newsday. 6/28/2002.
Although Gov. George Pataki has called the state's education-funding formula "a dinosaur," this week he has shown that the standards he supports for our children are downright prehistoric. The governor said he was "pleased" with an appeals court decision that called a high school education "aspirational" and derisively ruled that the state has no obligation to prepare our students for anything more than menial minimum-wage jobs.
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