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Does the Education Funding Ruling Solve Anything?
March 24th, 2006

An appeals court made a ruling on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit yesterday, and both sides immediately declared victory. ( Wonkster looked at the decision yesterday).

Today, the New York Suns editorial page also praises the outcome and, for a change of pace, Eliot Spitzer, who argued that the judicial branch did not have the power to demand that the other branches of government fund specific programs.(Getting back on track, the Sun concludes by saying that neither the suit nor the courts will ever be as effective at bringing New York children a quality education as would be a system of parental choice, such as vouchers.)

The New York Post, meanwhile, says the ruling only delays confronting what has become the lawsuits core conflict:

Given the political realities in New York, the Court of Appeals (the state’s highest bench) likely is still going to have to resolve the constitutional issue at the heart of yesterday’s ruling: Who decides the schools budget – courts or elected officials?

By on March 24, 2006, 7:57 am
In category: Albany,Education,Gotham City | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses to “Does the Education Funding Ruling Solve Anything?”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    March 24th, 2006 at 8:32 am

    I’d just like to see one court say that no matter what the state school aid formula (including STAR) cannot redistribute educational resources AWAY from the children of New York City.

    That is, either the city’s share of school aid should be at least as high as its residents’ share of state taxes, or state education aid should be eliminated, achieving the same result.

    No court even wants to say that this is what has happened.

  2. Daniel Millstone Says:
    March 24th, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    Litigation is rarely a quick way to solve complex social problems. Advocates for adequate school funding for NYC schools, therefore, have focused on lobbying the four Republican State Senators: Maltese, Padavan, Golden and Marchi. If those four (and other urban GOP Senators like Yonkers’ Nick Spano) can be moved over the next few days, the Albany logjam may break.

    GOP leaders may sense that persisting in resisting funding schools as adequate levels may have electoral consquences. The unwelcome alternative would be more court proceedings and more delay. (As I read it, by the way, for good or evil, courts have consistently rejected Mr. Littlefield’s theory about limits on a state’s ability to direct the flow of tax money.)

    The next few days will show the results of our lobbying efforts.

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