ERIC Number: ED468801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-25
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., et al., Plaintiffs-Respondents against the State of New York, et al., Defendants-Appellants. Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.
New York State Unified Court System, Albany.
In June 2002, the Appellate Division of the First Department of the State Supreme Court reversed Justice DeGrasse's 2001 ruling that found that New York State's education funding system unconstitutionally denied many children, and especially those in New York City, fair academic opportunities. The majority decision, authored by Justice Alfred D. Lerner, held that the guarantee of a "sound basic education" requires nothing more than that schools provide the opportunity to learn at an eighth or ninth grade skills level. The majority opinion concluded that the plaintiffs had not proven that the education provided by the New York City schools fell below this minimal level or that the state funding system was the cause of insufficiencies in the City's schools. It affirmed the provision of the judgment directing the state to determine the actual cost of providing city public schools with necessary programs to offer all students equal educational opportunity, noting that the state must ensure those funds be provided. It also stated that those provisions of the judgment requiring defendants to alter statewide funding mechanisms went beyond the relief sought. (SM)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Financial Support, High Risk Students, Public Schools, State Legislation, Urban Schools
For full text: http://www.cfequity.org
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Unified Court System, Albany.
Note: For the DeGrasse ruling, see ED 455 338.