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Jackson_Duffy_Letter

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February 18, 2011The Honorable Robert DuffyLieutenant Governor of the State of New York The Capitol Albany, New York 12224Dear Lieutenant Governor Duffy:I was shocked to hear you say during yesterday’s joint legislative hearing on theeducation budget that the increases to the state’s school funding formula werepushed through by "those who do not have the best interests of our students inmind." As somebody who played a primary role in getting the foundation aidformula enacted into law,I take exception to this statement. Let me remind youof the history of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. In 1993, as a New York Citypublic school parent, along with other public school parents,I initiated a lawsuitagainst New York State for its failure to meet its constitutional obligation toprovide the opportunity for a “sound basic education” to every student.Over the next 13 years,the CFE lawsuit was heard at every level of our statecourt system. Repeatedly the courts at every level found in favor of the parentswho were suing the state. Only one Appellate Division court rulingwent againstthe plaintiffs; that court found that the state was only obliged to fund an eighthgrade education and therefore no funding increases were required. However,the State Court of Appeals overturned that decision and found that the state wasnot meeting its constitutional obligations to our school children. That courtrepudiated the idea that an eighth grade education was adequate and insteadordered the state to ensure the funding necessary to provide a “meaningful highschool education.” After years of appeals and delays,the state finally enactedschool funding reform through the foundation aid formula in 2007. Thecommitment made by the state was to provide a $7 billion increase over fouryears including a $5.5 billion increase in foundation aid. While the courts limitedthe jurisdiction of the CFE case to New York City, those of us who were the
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