(Released March 12, 2001) A landmark State Supreme Court decision issued on January 10, 2001 could have an enormously positive impact on the quality of education for children across New York State. In his decision in Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York (the “CFE decision”), acting in accordance with the direction of the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, Judge Leland DeGrasse affirmed the constitutional right of every child in New York State to receive a sound basic education. Judge DeGrasse ordered the New York State Legislature to establish a new state education funding formula by September of 2001. The new formula must provide enough resources to every school to give every child in New York State a sound basic education. The Public Policy and Education Fund (“PPEF’) is issuing this report to illustrate the beneficial impact the court decision could have on school children throughout New York State. This is the second in a series of reports the Alliance for Quality Education will release on the impact of the CFE decision on schools throughout the state.

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