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Jesse Smith. Daily Freeman. 4/2/2005.
The budget also contains a new line item for "Sound Basic Education" aid. This funding is doled out under a formula that takes into account teacher salaries, as compared to other school districts, and the number of economically disadvantaged students in a district. The "Sound Basic Education" aid comes in response to a state Court of Appeals ruling that current state aid formulas failed to provide a sound, basic education for New York City students. The new budget line was Gov. George Pataki's response to the ruling but is being applied statewide and is far lower than the spending increase called for by the court.
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Katie Cahill. Saugerties Times. 10/21/2004.
Hooker also felt his vote against the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), a statewide $2.2 billion capital plan that proposed to bring increased funds to less financially endowed New York schools, was part of his job to "fight for our interests against the interests of New York City," even though a substantial amount of funding would have been distributed statewide, including to many rural communities.
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Teresa Masterson . Daily Freeman. 1/27/2004.
Six months after the state's highest court ordered a plan to reform state education funding for New York City public schools by July 30, 2004, state leaders have promised a statewide program, but local lawmakers are still wondering where the money will come from.
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Teresa Masterson . Daily Freeman. 1/26/2004.
While area school officials and state legislators are pleased that Gov. George Pataki's education budget figures aren't as dire as last year, all say that there is more work to be done to increase support to school districts.
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