Why they have done this I have no idea, especially as the C4E law is one of the few remaining traces of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) lawsuit. The C4E provisions mandate that the city submit an annual plan on how they intend to spend these funds, meant to provide our children with their constitutional right to an adequate education, including a plan to reduce class size, and hold hearings at which parents are able to provide their comments on the city's plan.
Eliminating the law would be incredibly damaging and hamper our efforts to get the city to live up to its legal and ethical commitments as regards class size reduction; it is also one of the few vehicles to provide parent input and transparency in the spending of these precious education dollars.
The letter is co-signed by CFE, now housed at the Education Law Center, and the Alliance for Quality Education, along with Class Size Matters. Instead of eliminating C4E, the Legislature should strengthen it and fully fund it.
The press release and letter are below.
Letter to Legislative Leaders Re C4E Law