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William Duncombe & John Yinger. Albany Times Union. 4/18/2004.
The final report of the New York State Commission on Education Reform, otherwise known as the Zarb Commission, contains a complicated set of proposals that would shift the blame for educational failure in poor urban school districts away from the state and onto the districts themselves. This is not reform; it is an attempt to evade the state's own responsibilities.
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Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin. 4/12/2004.
As the days of the new fiscal year tick by with no state budget in place, the Legislature so far hasn't made any progress in solving this year's central budget question: how to pay for extra aid to schools as mandated by the courts.
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Al Baker. New York Times. 4/6/2004.
It was a political tar pit from the start: an order from the state's highest court to improve New York City's schools at whatever the cost, leaving the details in the air. Gov. George E. Pataki, who spent a decade fighting the suit, had to figure out how to come up with the money in tough times. So he called for a blue-ribbon panel to study the topic.
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The Troy Record. 1/26/2004.
He condemned what he called the "divisive Robin Hood approach" of taking money from wealthy school districts to finance poor ones.
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Fred LeBrun. Albany Times Union. 1/21/2004.
The state budget Gov. Pataki proposed Tuesday may be the most precarious and illusory in memory. What comes to mind is an elaborate house of cards resting shakily on a single, vertical joker.
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Lawrence C. Levy. Newsday. 1/21/2004.
Two weeks ago, as the governor took the podium to deliver his tenth State of the State speech, I wondered which George Pataki would show up.
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The Troy Record. 9/12/2003.
Gov. Pataki's commitment to reforming the way the state funds public schools has been suspect ever since he said that providing the equivalent of an eighth-grade education was good enough. Good enough for whom he didn't say, but the people who had sued the state to get more money for shortchanged New York City students weren't buying it.
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Regina Eaton (Executive Director, the Alliance for Quality Education). Albany Times Union. 6/10/2001.
While the state budget is late, the state coffers are full. This mix can provide a recipe for solving New York's most pressing social problem -- ensuring a sound basic education for children across our state.
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Errol A. Cockfield, Jr.. Newsday. 4/19/2006.
Frustrated that the state has not fully complied with a 2004 court order to send billions of dollars more in aid to New York City's schools, the group that brought the case appealed yesterday to the state's highest court to force the state's hand.
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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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Cara Matthews. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 4/19/2006.
A group that won a landmark court ruling for more school aid to New York City filed an appeal Tuesday, asking the court to compel the Legislature and Gov. George Pataki to spend a specific amount and develop a timetable for doing so.
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Cara Matthews. Journal News. 4/19/2006.
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity filed an appeal Tuesday, asking the court to compel the state to spend a specific amount of money on education and develop a timetable for doing so.
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Clarisse Butler Banks. New York Teacher. 4/13/2006.
With a big nudge from NYSUT leaders and members, including office visits, billboards and some 50,000 faxes, lawmakers are on a roll. And students are the big winners.
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Errol A. Cockfield, Jr.. Newsday. 4/9/2006.
With state leaders at the tail end of crafting a budget that independent analysts say has the potential to increase debt and handcuff the next administration, the candidates for governor yesterday laid out their prescriptions to slow spending.
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Michael Gormley. Newsday. 4/3/2006.
It's not the way "School House Rock" or civics textbooks taught kids how a bill becomes law.
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Danny Hakim. New York Times. 3/31/2006.
Gov. George E. Pataki and his budget director said in interviews on Thursday that they had reservations about the two central initiatives of the Legislature's budget, calling a nearly $1.8 billion property tax cut package unconstitutional and saying a bonding deal for New York City schools would set a bad precedent in the use of state debt.
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Jennifer Medina, Jennifer Medina, Jennifer Medina & Jennifer Medina. New York Times. 3/31/2006.
They call it "the formula": an arcane scheme as unknowable as the recipe for Coca-Cola that is supposed to determine with mathematical objectivity how the state divides education aid among 677 school districts.
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Michael Cooper. New York Times. 3/30/2006.
The budget accord that lawmakers reached here on Tuesday night will let Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg move forward with what city officials are calling the most ambitious school construction program in the city's history.
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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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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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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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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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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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