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13th June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 13, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The floodgates appear to be opening for other municipalities in the state to copy the strategy the Campaign for Fiscal Equity used to win additional funds for New York City schools through judicial order. A lawsuit filed by education officials in Yonkers seeks tens of millions of dollars a year in additional state aid. Similar lawsuits are expected from upstate cities and economically depressed rural areas.

This is happening as the concept of “equity funding” appears to have won permanent institutional backing from one of the nation’s leading schools of education, Columbia University Teachers College. To lead a new Campaign for Educational Equity, the school has hired the activist attorney who led the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Michael Rebell. The school has established the goal of raising $12 million the first year to finance the new institute, which seeks to close the gap between education expenditures for children from rich and poor households. (more…)