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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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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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New York Times. 6/26/2002.
I wonder whether a middle-school education and preparation for a minimum-wage job is good enough for the children of the state appeals court justices who ruled that that is all New York is obligated to provide ("Court Reverses Finance Ruling on City Schools," front page, June 26). This ruling is completely out of step with what the public wants and what New York City students deserve. It must be reversed.
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Ceylane Meyers. Buffalo News. 1/27/2002.
I am writing in response to the Jan. 14 letter from a spokesman of the State Division of Budget. He claimed Gov. George Pataki's "efforts on behalf of schools have been unwavering." If this is true, how does the governor justify wasting taxpayer dollars to appeal the Campaign For Fiscal Equity lawsuit, which would bring much-needed funding to the Buffalo Public Schools?
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Samira Ahmned (Deputy Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity). The Post-Standard. 8/24/2001.
Your editorial Aug. 17 called on the state to ensure that all children, regardless of social or economic class, receive a sound basic education. We could not agree more. The threshold task is to ascertain the cost of providing a sound, basic education. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity calls on the Legislature to appoint an independent panel to begin this important
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Michael A. Rebell. New York Times. 12/22/2000.
The New York State Board of Regents' plan to significantly increase aid to the state's 205 high-need, low-resource schools is a step in the right direction (news article, Dec. 19). They recognize that the current politically based aid formula leaves 205 districts unable to provide an education that meets their higher standards.
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