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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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Susan Saulny. New York Times. 5/14/2006.
Randi Weingarten, the president of the New York City teachers' union, announced yesterday the start of an expansive campaign to build public support for smaller class sizes that will include advertising on television and the Internet, picketing outside schools and the celebrity endorsement of Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former teacher.
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Yancey Roy. Journal News. 5/3/2006.
Democrat Tom Suozzi announced a plan yesterday that he said would cut property taxes by $2.15 billion, primarily downstate, in exchange for capping school spending.
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David McKay Wilson. Journal News. 5/2/2006.
With a massive infusion of state aid in hand, a citizens group suing New York over inadequate education funding for Yonkers today will ask Supreme Court Justice Joan Lefkowitz to dismiss its lawsuit against the state.
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Ronda Kaysen. Downtown Express. 4/28/2006.
Governor George Pataki signed legislation Monday providing capital funding for New York City schools, paving the way for the city to build two new elementary schools Downtown.
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Jeanine Ramirez. New York One News. 4/24/2006.
Local officials announced Monday that more than $11 billion in state and city funding will be used for school construction, expansion and repairs in all five boroughs.
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Molly McCarthy. Elmira Star-Gazette. 4/22/2006.
Members of the Steuben County chapter of League of Women Voters of New York State will meet today to discuss how public education is funded in the state.
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Advance Staff Report. Staten Island Advance. 4/21/2006.
The American Association of University Women will hold a forum on education at its monthly meeting Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the courthouse at Historic Richmond Town.
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Yoav Gonen. Staten Island Advance. 4/19/2006.
Contending the state budget fails to adequately redress a longstanding shortfall in funding for New York City schools, the advocacy group that originally sued to remedy the problem has filed an appeal with the state's highest court, seeking to force Albany lawmakers to comply with prior court rulings under threat of substantial penalties.
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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.
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Elissa Gootman. New York Times. 4/19/2006.
Education advocates seeking more state aid for New York City public schools appealed to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, yesterday, asking it to force state lawmakers to allocate the extra money before the legislative session ends in June
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Brendan McGarry. The Saratogian. 7/14/2003.
SCHUYLERVILLE - Though its implications aren't yet fully understood, the superintendent for the Schuylerville Central School District is excited about the recent Court of Appeals landmark decision to declare the process for funding public schools in New York City unconstitutional.
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Joseph Dolman. Newsday. 7/2/2003.
For an army of embattled New York City public school boosters, the news last week was about as intoxicating as a washtub full of vintage Bordeaux. And no wonder. After years of uphill legal skirmishes and hopeless political fights, the advocates were suddenly and gloriously winners. Their tales of deprivation and injustice at the hands of a craven State Legislature were true, all true, State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye reckoned in a landmark decision. The court gave Albany's grandees 400 days to fix things.
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DAISY HERNÁNDEZ & RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD. New York Times. 10/9/2002.
As Gov. George E. Pataki picked up the endorsement of the teachers' union in Yonkers — and with the New York City teachers' union expected to follow suit imminently — H. Carl McCall joined several educators yesterday to denounce the governor's education record.
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Making Money Matter: Financing America's Schools
1/1/1999.
This book contains a comprehensive review of the theory and practice of financing public schools by federal, state, and local governments in the United States. It distills the best available knowledge about the fairness and productivity of expenditures on education and assesses options for changing the finance system.
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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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