Report: State still owes its schools $5.9 billion
The state of New York owes its public schools $5.9 billion as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, the Alliance for Quality Education (A.Q.E.) says in a report released Thursday.
A.Q.E., an education advocacy group allied with the statewide teachers union, has long argued the state has not fulfilled its financial obligations mandated by the lawsuit, which was settled in 2006.
The Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, ruled the state education department was not adequately funding its schools, thus violating students' constitutional right to a sound, basic education.
"The Campaign for Fiscal Equity has been abandoned by the state," the report reads.
The report claims that, despite the court ruling ruling, the state continues to underfund its schools. The report says 69 percent of school districts statewide have less classroom spending aid available than in 2008.
The A.Q.E. report further claims the statewide funding formula created to distribute school aid in the wake of the lawsuit, called foundation aid funding, has not distributed enough money.
The state education department declined to comment on the report.
School aid funding increased from 2007 to 2009 and decreased from 2010 to 2012 but has risen steadily since 2012. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature increased school funding by $1.1 billion total in this year's budget.
As the largest district in New York, New York City is owed 47 percent of the Foundation Aid funding, the report found.
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