Advocacy Organizations > Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.
Founded in 1993, The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, is a coalition of parent organizations, community school boards, concerned citizens, and advocacy groups. We seek to reform New York State's school finance system to ensure adequate resources and the opportunity for a sound basic education for all students in New York City. Our efforts will also help secure the same opportunity for students throughout the state who are not currently receiving a sound basic education.View Full Listing
Press Release
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 03/2006.
CFE scored a major court victory today when the Appellate Division, 1st Department directed the State to provide New York City schools $4.7 billion to $5.63 billion in operating aid and $9.2 billion in capital funding by April 1, 2006.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 03/2006.
Senator Joseph Bruno's recent comments accusing Justice Leland DeGrasse of "lunacy" only serve to debase the vital challenge facing lawmakers and the education community in their efforts to ensure all New York's children a quality education.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 03/2006.
In a powerful call to action on CFE, the 43-member Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus urged Governor Pataki and legislative leaders to pass school-funding legislation this year that would fund the CFE court order on a statewide basis. The group made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday in Albany.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 03/2006.
For years, Governor Pataki has shirked his responsibility to provide basic funding for New York’s schools by insisting that the money was not available. The governor’s executive budget proposal for 2006-07 continues, for the second year in a row, his contempt of court.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 02/2006.
With the 2006 legislative session underway and a severely inadequate education budget from Governor Pataki before legislators, New York City's education advocates and key lawmakers have stepped up the pressure on Albany to hash out a solution to the CFE case.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 02/2006.
Geri D. Palast, a legislative problem-solver with a track record of success and Washington policymaker who served during both Clinton administrations, has been appointed executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 02/2006.
Mayor Bloomberg and members of the city council strongly urged state lawmakers to immediately deliver the additional stream of school construction dollars owed to New York City under the CFE lawsuit, at a city hall press conference on Monday.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 01/2006.
New York State's actual budget surplus for the current fiscal year is projected to be $3.3 billion -- $1.3 billion above Governor Pataki's forecasts -- according to a press release and budget analysis issued by Senate Major Leader Joseph Bruno on January 25.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 01/2006.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg put the heat on the governor and the legislature during his State of the City address on Thursday, urging them to immediately deliver the city's schools the billions of dollars that the courts have ordered in the CFE case.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 01/2006.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg blasted Governor Pataki for proposing an education budget for 2006-07 that doesn't come close to meeting the needs of New York City schools, during testimony at a joint legislative hearing on Monday on the governor's budget.
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Court Expert Testimony
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 10/21/2004.
Statement of Robert Berne, Senior Vice President for Health and Professor of Public Policy and Financial Management at New York University.
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Thomas Parrish. Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 10/15/2004.
Testimony of Thomas Parrish, a managing director in the Education and Human Development Program at the American Institutes for Research, before the Special Referees of Supreme Court of the State of New York.
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Thomas Sobol. Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 10/13/2004.
Testimony of Thomas Sobol, Christian A. Johnson Professor of Outstanding Educational Practice, Teachers College, before the Special Referees of Supreme Court of the State of New York
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 10/7/2004.
Testimony by Robert M.Palaich, Senior Partner, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Inc.; former Vice President, the Education Commission of the States. He presented in formation concerning education finance system and resources needed for Sound Basic Education.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 10/7/2004.
Testimony by John Cape, First Deputy Budget Director of the New York State Division of the Budget. He presented information on New York State budget process and how to comply with Court mandates for providing Sound Basic Education
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 10/6/2004.
Testimony by Charles Szuberla, Coordinator for School Operations and Management Services in the New York State Education Department. He presented information on New York State schooling building aid.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 10/6/2004.
Testimony by Charles Foster, Chief Budget Examiner in the Education Unit of the New York State Division of Budget. He gave testimony in support of the State of New York.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 10/1/2004.
Testimony by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Senior Editor, Education Next; President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation; former assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Statement prepared for testimony before Special Referees October 1, 2004. He gave testimony in support of State of New York.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 10/1/2004.
Testimony by Robert Berne, Senior Vice President for Health at New York University, in support of CFE before Special Referees October 1, 2004.
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Linda Darling-Hammond (Charles E. Ducommun professor at Stanford University and Executive Director of National Commission on Teaching & America's Future). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 12/14/1999.
Testimony of Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun professor at Stanford University and Executive Director of National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, December 14, 1999
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Reports and Presentations
Sound Basic Education Task Force, Campaign for Fiscal Equity (Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 05/2004. p. 31.
This report proposes a single foundation allocation amount for school districts in New York State which consolidates 39 existing categories for state aid, which increasing the percentage of the state share and providing districts with predictability and transparency in the way the schools are funded.
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Jay G. Chambers (American Institutes for Research), Thomas B. Parrish (American Institutes for Research), Jesse D. Levin (American Institutes for Research), James R. Smith (Management Analysis and Planning, Inc.), James W. Guthrie (Management Analysis and Planning, Inc.), Rich C. Seder (Management Analysis and Planning, Inc.) & Lori Taylor (Texas A&M University). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 03/2004. p. 122.
(summarized): Based on a professional judgment approach and “costing out” method, this AIR/MAP joint study suggests to ensure the “full opportunity to meet the Regents Learning Standards” to all students in the New York State, 520 districts would have acquired additional funds which depend on the operation costs and geographic costs difference.
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Jay G. Chambers (American Institutes for Research), James R. Smith (Management Analysis and Planning, Inc.), Thomas B. Parrish (American Institutes for Research), Jesse D. Levin (American Institutes for Research), James W. Guthrie (Management Analysis and Planning, Inc.), Rich C. Seder (Management Analysis and Planning, Inc.) & Lori Taylor (Texas A&M University). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 03/2004. p. 506.
This report provides summaries of public engagement forum organized by the research group, the Professional Judgment panel discussion, the costing calculation methodology and includes other related documents.
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Michael A. Rebell (Executive Director and Counsel for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity) & Joseph J. Wardenski (Senior Research Analyst at the Campaign for Fiscal Equity). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 01/2004. p. 47.
(written) The report summaries existing studies on educational production and shows that school resource does make difference in terms of student achievement. It further reviews four programs which bring about better student performance and indicates the current challenge is to estimate how much money is needed and how should the funds be effectively spent to actually provide meaningful opportunities for all students.
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Sound Basic Education Task Force, Campaign for Fiscal Equity (Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. ). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 01/2004. p. 55.
The report proposes to reform New York State's current practice to provide funding for school facilities in New York City, by updating the maximum cost allowance, eliminate Wicks Law requirements, replace “Select-Aid” and the “10% Incentive” with a 5-Year wealth aid ratio and create a new needs-based building aid ratio, partially restore Pay-As-You Go reimbursement, reform lease aid, and modify statutory bonding restrictions on urban school districts.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 09/2003.
The report reviews the current schooling funding system in New York State and implication of CFE case for resource allocation.
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Michael A. Rebell (Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. ), Joseph J. Wardenski (Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. ), Deborah A. Widiss (Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. ) & Betsey Swan (League of Women Voters of New York State). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 03/2003. p. 46.
This report summarizes the historical goals of the public school system; the social science research on students’ attitudes towards and preparation for voting, jury service, and the broad range of other responsibilities they will face; and the thoughts and ideas generated by students, their teachers and parents, and other New Yorkers in improving our schools to meet these important democratic aims.
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06/1999. Vol. v.2 . Iss. n.1. p. 31.
This paper is one in a series of case studies of education finance litigations in various states. Through these studies, CFE hopes to understand how court-ordered remedies were implemented and to determine what role, if any, public engagement processes played in these events. Specifically, this paper aims to test the hypothesis that reform initiatives are most likely to succeed in states where citizens have been involved in the remedial policy-making process.
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The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 01/1999. p. 27.
These findings are generally consistent with the comprehensive statistics describing the enormous resource deficiencies in New York City’s schools.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. (no date specified).
In 1978, a group of property-poor Long Island school districts, joined by New York City and the other four large urban New York districts, filed Levittown v. Nyquist, a lawsuit challenging the state’s education finance system. In its 1982 decision, the Court of Appeals ruled that while substantial inequities in funding did exist, the New York State constitution does not require equal funding for education. The court did note, however, that the state constitution entitles students to a "sound basic education," even though no one in the Levittown case had alleged that students were being denied this right. This right to a sound basic education is at the center of CFE v. State of New York. While this lawsuit again seeks to reform the state funding system, it is based on different legal arguments than those used in Levittown. In this new case, CFE asserts that New York State is failing in its constitutional obligation to provide a sound basic education to thousands of its schoolchildren.
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Advocacy and Publicity
Geri D. Palast (Executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity). Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. . 02/2006.
Testimony by Geri D. Palast, executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. He commented on Governor Pataki’s continuing contempt of court in the CFE v. State lawsuit.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 12/2003.
CFE and AQE called for $2 billion mmediate "down payment" for New York Schools.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 10/2003.
Following its victory, CFE formed Sound Basic Education Task Force; New York State Assembly convened hearings on CFE decision.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 07/2003.
New York Court of Appeals ruled in Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. (CFE) v. the State of New York that every New York student is entitled to the opportunity for a “meaningful high school education”; CFE released costing-out public engagement report; CFE launched a new faith-based initiative, Education Coalition of Conscience.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 05/2003.
Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in CFE case; CFE's public engagement on "costing-out" led to a conference "Adequate fundings: Communities speak out on what students need to succeed" at Albany.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 03/2003.
CFE files brief in final appeal to State's highest court and many groups file Amicus brief in CFE case; CFE and ACCESS hold conference titled "Education Adequacy: Strategies for Achieving Reform in Difficult Times"
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 01/2003.
This issue of CFE report highlights the following issues: a. High Court Expedities CFE Appeal Sets Firm Date for Argument; b. CFE Launches New York Adequacy Study; c. CFE Explored Civil Engagement.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 02/2002.
Executive budget of 2002-2003 shortchanged students; CFE sent its message to NYC Mayor to ask for getting schools what they need for student success; Appellate division set back CFE litigation; expert panel would cost-out an adequate educaiton in New York State
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 02/2001.
The reports covered following issues: Court of Appeal's Jan 2001 decision favored CFE and CFE announced its NYS accountability plan; CFE launched national campaign on research and advocacy project; New York communities called for new funding system for school; many groups supported CFE as Amici Curiae.
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.. 02/2000.
Educational experts presented testimonies which showed money can make a difference in student achievement; CFE proposed school funding remedy to State Supreme Court; CFE shifted priority to raise awareness of educational accountability; Regents targeted school aid increase to high-need districts.
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