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Tom Robbins. Village Voice. 9/28/2004.
Catterson and Sweeny join Pataki's earlier appointees in the First Department, who include Queens Republican Alfred Lerner, who wrote the panel's realpolitik decision denying the Campaign for Fiscal Equity's plea to redirect state education aid to city children. "Society needs workers in all levels of jobs, the majority of which may well be low level," wrote Lerner, upholding the state's right to provide only rudimentary education.
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New York Daily News. 6/28/2002.
The state appellate court this week overturned a lower court's ruling that the state formula for funding city schools is "inequitable and unconstitutional." Judge Alfred Lerner, who joined the 4-to-1 majority, wrote: "Even if we are to assume that the schools in the city do not provide a sound basic education, plaintiffs failed to prove that deficiencies in the city's schools are caused by the state's funding system."
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Alfred D. Lerner (Judge, Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department). Supreme Court of the State of New York. 6/25/2002.
Lerner Decision in favor of State. On June 25, 2002, the Appellate Division, First Department of the State Supreme Court, reversed Justice DeGrasse’s decision. The majority decision, authored by Justice Alfred D. Lerner and joined by Justices John T. Buckley and Joseph P. Sullivan, held that the New York State constitution’s guarantee of a “sound basic education” requires nothing more than that schools provide the opportunity to learn at an eighth or ninth grade skill level.
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Tom Perrotta . New York Law Journal. 10/2001.
Nearly 10 months after a judge found that New York City children were being denied their constitutional right to a "sound education," the Appellate Division, First Department, yesterday heard arguments over the State's role in education and whether the trial court overstepped its bounds. Presiding Justice Joseph Sullivan and Justices Peter Tom, David B. Saxe, Alfred D. Lerner and John T. Buckley heard the arguments in the appeal
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