Michael Rothfeld. New York Daily News. 2/16/2005.
The state's highest court Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that accused the state of neglecting children in 27 schools in predominantly poor and minority districts, including four districts on Long Island. In the decision by the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Judith Kaye said the lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union should have focused on districtwide failures instead of individual schools, because the districts are the "agents" of the state in fulfilling the constitutional obligation to provide a "sound basic education."