Assemblywoman Clark, Members of the NYS Black Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, Grassroots Community Organizations and Teachers Unions Call for Increased School Aid and Investments in our children’s future instead of Competitive
School districts are reeling from years of expenditure reductions, despite this year’s increase to education aid proposed by the Executive, there continues to be a direct conflict with the ruling rendered by New York Court of Appeals in 2007. The Executive has proposed to increase school aid by 4% or $805 million, with a significant portion of the increase designated to high needs school districts, still, this falls woefully short of the CFE commitment.
Over the past several years as a result of the economic recession, revenue shortfalls, and the need to curtail spending, the education budget has seen expenditure reduction after reduction. The decision rendered by the New York Court of Appeals in 2007 ordered policymakers set investments in high needs school districts as a priority. In 2007 there was an initial $1.1 billion CFE investment. The following year a second investment of $1.2 billion was made. In the third year, school aid was frozen with no increase. In the fourth and fifth year, the education budget was cut by $2.7 billion with the most devastating impact being felt by children in the high needs school. According to Assemblywoman Clark (D – Queens Village), “as the only legislators that testified during the CFE lawsuit, on behalf of our children, it is completely disconcerting that the commitment imposed by the court continues to be violated, and high-needs children continue get the short end of the stick. We have to do better going forward and I will continue to fight to ensure that the children of New York City are given the tools and skills necessary to succeed”.
Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN2lPHXjXp4 to learn more about Assemblywoman Clark’s position on the state’s commitment to the CFE agreement.