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  • #CFETour – Feb. 24-28

    CFE Tour LogoDuring the week of Feb. 24-28th, AQE along with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a project of the Education Law Center, toured schools statewide to begin gathering evidence of the state’s failure to fulfill its constitutional obligation of providing every student with a “sound basic education.”

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    • Tell us what’s missing in your school by tweeting #CFETour
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    Fact Finding Tour Press & Legislator Briefing:

    WHEN: Monday, March 3rd at 1 p.m.
    WHERE: Assembly Education Committee Conference Room, LOB 836, Albany, NY
    WHO: Assembly Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan; other Senators and Assemblymembers; David Sciarra, Executive Director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education; school district superintendents and representatives that participated in the tour

     

    Tour Schedule

    Feb. 24

    Hoosick Falls Central School District (Capital Region)

    Cohoes City School District (Capital Region)

    Press conference:
    TIME: 2:15 p.m.
    LOCATION: Cohoes Middle School, 7 Bevan St, Cohoes, NY 12047
    WHO: Cohoes Superintendent Robert Libby; Alliance for Quality Education; Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity; Cohoes City School District representatives and parents

    Feb. 25

    Schenectady City School District (Capital Region)

    Greater Amsterdam School District (Capital Region)

    Press conference:
    TIME: Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 3:00pm
    LOCATION: Board of Education Room, District Administration Building, 11 Liberty St, Amsterdam, NY
    SPEAKERS: Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); the Alliance for Quality Education; Greater Amsterdam School District representatives, students, teachers, parents

     

    Yonkers Public Schools

    Press conference:
    TIME: Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 2:15pm
    LOCATION: Yonkers Public Schools, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701
    SPEAKERS: Mayor of Yonkers Michael Spano; Interim Superintendent of Yonkers City School District Dr. Michael Yazurlo; Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Puleo; Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); the Alliance for Quality Education 

    Feb. 26

    Herkimer Central School District (Mohawk Valley)

    Press conference:
    TIME: Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 11:00am
    LOCATION: 801 W. German Street, Herkimer, NY
    SPEAKERS: Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); the Alliance for Quality Education; Herkimer School District representatives, students, teachers, parents 

     

    Middletown Central School District (Hudson Valley)

    Press conference:
    TIME: Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 12:00pm
    LOCATION: Board of Education Room, Middletown City Schools, 233 Wisner Ave., Middletown, NY
    SPEAKERS: Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); the Alliance for Quality Education; Middletown City School District representatives, students, teachers, parents 
     

    Holland-Patent Central School District (Mohawk Valley)

    Feb. 27

    Wyoming Central School District (Genesee Valley)

    Byron-Bergen Central School District (Genesee Valley)

    Press conference:
    TIME: Thursday, Feb. 27, at 12:00pm
    LOCATION: Byron-Bergen Central School District, 6917 West Bergen Rd., Bergen, NY
    SPEAKERS: Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); the Alliance for Quality Education; Byron-Bergen and Wyoming School District representatives, students, teachers, parents 

     

    Ossining Central School District (Hudson Valley)

    Press conference:
    TIME: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.
    LOCATION: Ossining Union Free School District, 190 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562
    WHO: Cohoes Superintendent Robert Libby; Alliance for Quality Education; Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity; Ossining Central School District representatives

    Feb. 28

    Fort Plain Central School District(Mohawk Valley)

    Unatego Central School District (Southern Tier)

    Press conference:
    TIME: Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m.
    LOCATION: 2641 State Highway 7, Otego, NY 13825
    SPEAKERS: Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); the Alliance for Quality Education; Unatego Central District representatives, students, teachers, parents 

    Binghamton City School District (Southern Tier)

    Press conference:
    TIME: Friday, Feb. 28, at 4:30pm
    LOCATION: Binghamton High School, 31 Main St, Binghamton, NY 13905
    SPEAKERS: Lawyers from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (a project of the Education Law Center); the Alliance for Quality Education; Binghamton City School District representatives, students, teachers, parents 

     

    Copiague School District (Long Island)

     

    Tour locations still to be decided:

    New York City Public Schools

    History of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity

    In 1993 a group of parents from New York City, led by Robert Jackson, formed the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) and sued New York State for failing to provide students with the quality education that is their right under the New York State Constitution. In 2007, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity victory resulted in state commitment to provide $5.5 billion in foundation aid increases and $7 billion in total increases over 4 years. For two years the state met its obligations, increasing classroom aid by $2.3 billion which resulted in effective reforms in classrooms around the state. But then in 2009 as a result of the fiscal crisis school aid was frozen. Then over the following two years the state enacted over $2.7 billion in cuts, including over $2.1 billion in classroom cuts, in effect reversing CFE. Now the state is finally adding back some of the funds that were cut, but none are being added to get CFE restarted. Click here for a brief history of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity

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