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The Campaign for Fiscal Equity Case and the Future of New York City Public Education

Tuesday December 2006

Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director, Campaign for Educational Equity; Counsel, Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., Randi Weingarten, President, United Federation of Teachers, Eric A. Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Sol Stern, Contributing Editor, City Journal

After 13 years of litigation, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, has rendered a final decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.

But the court’s decision, ordering the legislature to increase education spending for New York City by $1.9 billion, is just one part of the larger policy questions about how this controversial case will play out in the areas of fiscal and education policy in New York City and New York State.

What will be done to ensure that the court’s decision translates into improved student outcomes? Should additional funds be transferred to the city’s education authorities with no questions asked or should the governor demand additional accountability measures? How will the promise of improved teaching be realized?