Govenor George Pataki, State of New York  [Search in Archive]
George Pataki was elected Governor of New York on November 8, 1994, one year after the launch of CFE v. State.The Governor appealed the January, 2001 State Supreme Court decision in CFE v. State. In March 2005, the Governor appealed the February 14 order of State Supreme Court Judge Leland DeGrasse that, over four years, the state phase in an increase of funding to New York City schools by $5.63 billion for operating expenses and $9.2 billion for facilities.
Michael Rebell, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity  [Search in Archive]
Mr. Rebell serves as co-counsel for plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York. He has litigated numerous major class action law suits. Mr. Rebell is a frequent lecturer and consultant on education law, and is also Professor and Lecturer in Law at Teachers' College, Columbia University and Columbia Law School.
Judge Leland DeGrasse, Supreme Court of the State of New York   [Search in Archive]
In 1988, Justice DeGrasse was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. after serving as a Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York. On January 10, 2001, Justice DeGrasse decided for the plaintiff's in CFE v. State. In 2004, Justice DeGrasse appointed a panel of Special Masters, after the state failed to meet a July 30 deadline for complying with the Court of Appeals order in CFE v. State. The Judge upheld the special masters’ plan in February of 2005 and gave the state 90 days to comply.
Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, Chief Justice, State of New York Court of Appeals  [Search in Archive]
Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye was appointed by Governor Mario M. Cuomo on February 22, 1993. She is the first woman to occupy the State Judiciary's highest office. In June 2003 she reversed the Appellate Court's descision in the CFE v. State lawsuit, ruling in the favor of CFE. Her court's ruling set a July 30, 2004 deadline for compliance by the state legislature.
AQE Spokesperson, Actress Cynthia Nixon   [Search in Archive]
Actress Cynthia Nixon is best known as attorney Miranda Hobbes on the six award-winning seasons of the HBO series Sex and the City, a role for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy. A product of the New York City Public Schools, Nixon became involved with the Alliance for Quality Education after observing the impact of budget cuts on her daughter's school.
Arthur Levine, President, Teachers College  [Search in Archive]
President of Teachers College, Columbia University and Co-Chair of the 13-member Commission convened by the New York City Council on September 29, 2004. The City Council must approve the Department of Education’s budget and the Commission was charged with making recommendations about what the priorities should be for the additional funding coming from settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit..
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, State of New York  [Search in Archive]
Eliot Spitzer was elected Attorney General of the State of New York in 1999. Attorney General Spitzer has been widely recognized for his successful efforts to stop fraud and restore confidence in the marketplace. As the state's chief counsel, he has worked closely with the Pataki administration throughout the government's legal battle with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University, Linda Darling-Hammond   [Search in Archive]
Formerly, William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Executive Director, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future; Co-Director, National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching, Teachers College and Director and Senior Social Scientist, Education and Human Resources Program, RAND Corporation.
Christian A. Johnson Prof. of Outstanding Educational Practice, Tom Sobol  [Search in Archive]
Thomas Sobol is the former Commissioner of Education for New York State, and superintendent of Scarsdale School System in Westchester, NY, and a high school teacher. During his tenure as New York State's education commissioner, Sobol instituted the New Compact for Learning, a capacity building approach to state-wide education reform which supported the high standards that have become a cornerstone of the "adequacy" approach to reforming the way in which New York state schools are financed.
Clinical Professor of Education Policy and Director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University, Norm Fruchter  [Search in Archive]
The Institute works to strengthen public education in New York City and other urban areas nationally and abroad, particularly in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Through policy studies, research, technical assistance and evaluations, the institute seeks to build capacity for school improvement and reform among policymakers, educators, parents, and community groups.
Commissioner Richard Mills, State Education Commission, State of New York  [Search in Archive]
Richard Mills have been the New York State Education Commissioner since 1995. He began his appointment with a commitment to closing the achievement gap and is a strong believer in high standards measured by regular, high-stakes testing. Mills regards the ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals that the state owes all its students a solid education, a vindication of the high standards that he and the Regents are insisting on for all students.
Council Member Eva S. Moskowitz, New York City Council  [Search in Archive]
Council Member Eva Moskowitz has represented Manhattan's 4th District since 1999. In January 2002 she was elected Chair of the Education Committee. As Education Committee chair, Moskowitz has held over twenty hearings on topics such as Literacy, Teacher Retention, No Child Left Behind, School Safety, the mayor's Children First Reforms, Arts Education, and Special Education. Along with Speaker Miller, she is spearheading the Councils effort to secure $12.9 billion to improve school facilities and address overcrowding. She also authored the School Construction Accountability Act.
Councilman Robert Jackson, New York City Council  [Search in Archive]
Councilman Robert Jackson was elected to the New York City's 7th Council District in 2001. Since the mid 1980s Councilman Jackson has become increasingly involved in improving New York City schools. His participation in this effort began as he served as a member of the Parent Association at P.S. 187 in Washington Heights. He then became a member and President of Community School Board 6. In 1995 he was named the lead plaintiff in the CFE v. State lawsuit. Currently, Councilman Jackson serves on the Education Committee of the New York City Council.
Director, Education Finance and Accountability Program, Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, John Yinger  [Search in Archive]
John Yinger is Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics; he also directs the Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP), which promotes research, education, and debate about fundamental issues in the elementary and secondary school system in the U.S. Yinger studies state and local public finance, particularly education. His major works in education finance are costing-out studies which evaluate the costs needed to provide Sound Basic Education for children in New York State. His edited volume, Helping Children Left Behind: State Aid and the pursuit of Educational Equity, appeared in 2004.
Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer  [Search in Archive]
Mr. Kremer has been director of the NYSSBA, which represents more than 700 school boards of education and, through them, 5,000 school board members, since 1998.
Frank Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute  [Search in Archive]
Frank Mauro currently directs the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), a nonpartisan research and education organization focusing on New York's tax, budget, economic and related public policy issues. Prior to joining FPI in 1993, Frank was Deputy Director of the State University's Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he is currently a Senior Fellow and the Director of the New York State Network for Economic Research. Under his leadership, the FPI has produced regular reoprts on issues related to education finance reform.
Frank Zarb, Chairman, State Commission on Education Reform  [Search in Archive]
Formerly the Chairman of NASDAQ, Frank G. Zarb was appointed by Governor George E. Pataki in 2003 to serve as the first Chairman of the State Commission on Education Reform (a.k.a. the "Zarb Commission). The State Commission on Education Reform is a bipartisan group of educational, business and community leaders created for two purposes: 1) To reform New York State's education system, and 2) To make comprehensive and long term recommendations to address the historic opportunities presented by the Court of Appeal's ruling in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.
Judge Alfred Lerner, Associate Justice, State of New York Appelate Division  [Search in Archive]
Judge Lerner has served on the Bench for 32 years. For the last six years, he has served as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department. In 2002, Judge Lerner's court ruled in favor of the State in a CFE v. State appeal. His ruling in this case is known for setting the "8th grade is enough" standard for educational adequacy.
Karen Scharff, Executive Director, Citizen Action of New York  [Search in Archive]
As Executive Diretcor of Citizen Action, Karen was instrumental in the formation of the statewide "Alliance for Quality Education" coalition. She currently serves as the co-chair of the AQE campaign and is involved in organizing thousands of parents, teachers, community leaders and students to secure fair funding for New York public schools.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City  [Search in Archive]
Elected in 2002, Michael R. Bloomberg is the 108th Mayor of the City of New York. Bloomberg, who sought and won direct control over the city’s school system, has said that he wants voters to judge him on how well he improves the schools. Throughout the CFE v. State lawsuit, and during the state's annual budget debates, Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate for New York City schools.
Professor of Economics at the Wagner School, New York University, Leanna Stiefel  [Search in Archive]
Leanna Stiefel is Professor of Economics at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. During her twenty-seven years at NYU, she has served as Acting Associate Dean and Director of the Public and Nonprofit program at the Wagner School. Her areas of expertise include school finance and education policy, applied economics and applied statistics. Currently she is working with several others on a study of alternative ways to measure school performance and on a study of segregation and performance of New York City immigrant school children. Professor Stiefel has authored two books and numerous articles for scholarly journals and edited books. She is past President of the American Education Finance Association (2001-02).
Professor, Department of Public Administration, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, William Duncombe  [Search in Archive]
William C. Duncombe is Professor of Public Administration, and Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He is also the Associate Director of the Education Finance and Accountability Program at Syracuse University. His research specialties include estimating the cost of educational adequacy, school aid design, educational costs and efficiency, demand and costs of state and local government services, budgeting and financial condition assessment. His work has appeared in numerous journals in public administration and economics. He has also published several reports for the New York State Board of Regents on school finance issues in New York.
Regina Eaton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education.  [Search in Archive]
Regina Eaton was the first Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE). Formed in 2001, AQE is a statewide coalition of over 200 organizations representing various constituents concerned about quality edycation in New York. Currently she is working in New York City as a consultant for education organizations.
Senator Joseph L. Bruno, Majority Leader, New York State Senate   [Search in Archive]
State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno was elected to the Senate in 1976. A Republican, Senator Bruno was first elected Temporary President of the New York State Senate in 1995 and hase been re-elected to that position for five consecutive terms. Theoughout his tenure as Senate Majority Leader, Senator Bruno has helped lead the effort to cut state taxes and to boost the state's investment in economic development and job creation. He has presided over the New York State Senate for the duration of the CFE v. State lawsuit.
Senior fellow for Tax and Budgetary Studies at the Manhattan Institute, E.J. McMahon  [Search in Archive]
Formerly, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs at the State University of New York. McMahon has also served as Deputy Commissioner for Tax Policy Analysis and Counselor to the Commissioner in the state Department of Taxation and Finance; Director of Minority Staff for the state Assembly Ways and Means Committee; and Director of Research for The Business Council’s Public Policy Institute. At the Manhattan Institute, McMahon studies the tax and spending policies of New York City and New York State.
Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Assembly  [Search in Archive]
First elected to the New York State Assembly in 1976 out of the 64th District, Speaker Silver assumed the top leadership position in the State Assembly in 1994. Widely acclaimed to be one of the new Democratic leaders of this generation, Speaker Silver has made education the hallmark of his tenure in office. Establishing state educational standards, providing pre-kindegarten education, lowering class size and making school infrastructure improvements have been his priorities. Speaker Silver has presided over the State Assembly for the duration of the CFE v. State lawsuit.
Vanderbilt University Professor of Public Policy and Education, James Guthrie  [Search in Archive]
Professor Guthrie is a professor of public policy and education with wide experience in public schools and in higher education. Professor Guthrie concentrates on educational policy issues and resource allocation consequences. More specifically, he is concerned with school finance, both K-12 and higher education, legal issues of equity and adequacy, education reform strategies, educational accountability, political processes and education, and theories of education reform. He is the co-author of the “New York Adequacy Study: Determining the cost of providing all children in New York an adequate education”.
William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Henry Levin  [Search in Archive]
Professor Levin is the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the David Jacks Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Economics at Stanford University. Much of his research and writing has focused on the cost-effectiveness of educational approaches, the educational outcomes related to a variety of finance mechanisms (e.g., vouchers, private vs. public), the educational implications of high technologies, and investment strategies for high-risk students.
Executive Director, New York State Council of School Superintendents, Tom Rogers  [Search in Archive]
Tom Rogers is in his third year as Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS), where he previously served as Deputy Director. Prior to NYSCOSS, Rogers worked for the central staff in the administrations of the previous two State Senate Majority Leaderships in the areas of education policy and finance, higher education and property taxation. Rogers is also a current doctoral candidate in Educational Administration at Columbia University Teacher’s College.
Jame Wyckoff, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Public Policy and Economics, SUNY Albany  [Search in Archive]
Jim Wyckoff is Associate Professor of Public Administration, Public Policy and Economics at the University of Albany, SUNY. Wyckoff is part of a research team that is just concluding an examination of policies to attract and retain highly qualified teachers in low-performing schools. This team is just beginning a study to examine the attributes of teacher preparation programs that influence teacher retention and student achievement in New York City public schools. Wyckoff is the President of the American Education Finance Association, and Director of the Education Finance Research Consortium.
Author, Richard Rothstein  [Search in Archive]
Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a visiting lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University. From 1999 to 2002 he was the national education columnist of The New York Times. Mr. Rothstein's recent publications include The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America's Student Achievement (Century Foundation Press, 1998), All Else Equal. Are Public and Private Schools Different? (with Luis Benveniste and Martin Carnoy) (RoutledgeFalmer, 2003), and Where's the Money Going? Changes in the Level and Composition of Education Spending (EPI, 1995 and 1997).
Author, Peter Schrag  [Search in Archive]
Peter Schrag, former editorial-page editor of the Sacramento Bee, writes frequently on education. He is the author, most recently, of Final Test: The Battle for Adequacy in America's Schools (New Press). A new edition of his Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future (University of California) is due out this summer.
President, United Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten  [Search in Archive]
As President of the United Federation of Teachers, Weingarten represents more than 140,000 active and retired non-supervisory educators in the New York City public school system. She is also a vice-president of the million-member American Federation of Teachers, the UFT�s national affiliateIn 1998. Weingarten became president after then-president, Sandra Feldman, became AFT president. She was elected to her first full term the following year and re-elected in 2001. Weingarten taught full- and part-time at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn.
Vice President for Elementary Schools, United Federation of Teachers, Michelle Bodden  [Search in Archive]
Formerly the Assistant Treasurer of the UFT, Bodden was an elementary teacher in Brooklyn's District 22 before becoming a special representative to the UFT.
Brandon Gordon, Executive Director, Midstate School Finance Consortium  [Search in Archive]
As Executive Director of the Midstate School Finance Consortium (MSFC), Brandon Gordon leads the efforts of over 265 public school districts across New York State allied to reform the State’s system for distributing aid to public schools. In this capacity he is recognized as having expertise on school funding reform and has presented regularly before a wide array of educational audiences, business and civic associations. Since 1991, the MSFC has single-mindedly pursued total reform of New York State's fundamentally broken school aid formula.