Assemblyman William Boyland is proud to announce that New York State’s Appellate Court struck another blow to Governor Pataki’s efforts to delay required funding for New York City Schools.
In a 3 to 2 decision, the Appellate Court upheld an earlier court decision from 2004 that firmly established that NYC schools had been shortchanged over $9 billion in the past decade. Assemblyman Boyland was very optimistic that this affirmation by the court would be the final nail in the coffin of a battle that has been waging for thirteen years.
“This decision clearly and concisely mandates New York State to meet the needs of NYC students and schools in this budget year,” said Assemblyman Boyland. “The Assembly will use this historic decision, leveraging the court ruling in the current budget negotiations for additional NYC educational funds.”
In fact the Assembly’s budget proposal for 2006-2007 includes a $1.33 billion increase in education funding over last years, $768.5 million more than the governor’s proposed budget. The Assembly is also calling for $1.8 billion in capital funds to modernize New York City Schools, renovating classrooms, libraries, and gymnasiums. This includes funds earmarked for the creation of Universal pre-K programs in the 55th district, which have proven to be highly successful in cultivating proper learning techniques crucial for young children. The Assembly’s comprehensive plan provides NYC students with the tools necessary to succeed in a global economy.
“My office is working feverishly to secure the soon to be allocated funds for schools within the 55th district,” said Assemblyman Boyland. “We won’t let our people depending on these funds down.”