Monday, November 20, 2006

High court orders state to pay $1.93 billion a year more for NYC schools

Newsday AP Story

"ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's highest court ordered the state Monday to pay at least $1.93 billion more per year to the New York City school system to provide "a sound, basic education." That is billions less than had been sought in a landmark 1993 lawsuit filed by a group called the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. "

"The state Court of Appeals, in a 4-2 decision, set $1.93 billion as the minimum in extra funds but said the Legislature should be allowed to determine the final total. The Pataki administration had argued that decisions on spending public money are the responsibility of the executive and legislative branches, not the courts. "

"Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic governor-elect, argued the case for the Republican Pataki administration. During his campaign for governor, Spitzer said he expected the state would have to pay $4 billion to $6 billion a year more to satisfy the lawsuit. Spitzer also said the state would have to pay more _ probably more than $1 billion _ to correct similar problems with inadequate resources and building space in other high-need school districts statewide"

Another Pataki "legacy" for Spitzer to deal read the entire here

Check out Elizabeth Benjamin's(Times Union Capitol Confidential) take on this ruling here

(update) Elliot's response(The Empire Zone--NY Times) here andy

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