“I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” Antonio Gramsci
The Struggle Continues to Get Fair Funding for NY Public Schools
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), a case initiated in 1993, the court found that the State had violated the state constitution by denying New York City schoolchildren the opportunity for a “sound, basic education.” The State defied the July 30, 2004 deadline set by the Court of Appeals to comply.
Lawmakers developed a new statewide funding formula to ensure adequate resources to all students in response to a 2006 court ruling in CFE v. State. In CFE, the Court of Appeals – the state’s highest Court – declared that the New York Constitution requires the state to provide all of its students with the opportunity for a meaningful high school education, which includes meeting the higher costs of educating at‐risk students.
In 2007, New York State adopted a new “Foundation Aid” formula with the promise of more fairly distributing aid across the state. Lawmakers made a commitment to increase state foundation aid for schools by $5.5 billion over four years, targeted to the highest need districts.
After two years of increases, the State froze funding and then reversed all the gains in 2010 and 2011. State aid in 2014 remains below levels in 2009.