(Released October 13, 2009) The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) court decisions found that many students in New York City were not being provided access to the “sound basic education” that is their right under the state constitution. In response, the governor and the state legislature enacted funding reforms to substantially increase state school aid across the state. The law, enacted in 2007, prioritized high need school districts and prioritized high need schools within those districts. New York State created a new funding formula to distribute state operating aid in a more equitable manner to fulfill its constitutional obligations. Under this formula, 70% of new foundation aid, the state’s basic classroom operating funding, is distributed to high need school districts—including New York City.
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