|Robert Jackson, lead plaintiff for the CFE lawsuit (credit: Richard Fife)|
|NYC Kids say to Cuomo: Pay your bills!|
In 2007, the state began to comply with the court order with a more equitable foundation aid formula, but when the recession hit in 2009, the funding was frozen, ending the four-year phase-in. The promises to fully fund NYC and other districts have never been fulfilled, and we are still owed billions in additional aid, in a range estimated from three to five billion dollars more.
Even earlier, in 2003, Robert Jackson, then lead plaintiff of the CFE lawsuit, along with others, walked 150 miles to Albany for the Court of Appeals hearings. Robert Jackson was there again today and is walking to Albany again.
|Tish James, "A dream deferred is a dream denied"|
As usual, many of the public officials were very eloquent. Public Advocate Tish James pointed out the justice delayed is justice denied.
|Cathy Nolan speaks of overcrowded classrooms and schools.|
|Zakiyah Ansari of AQE|
|Comptroller Stringer prepares to march|
Cathy Nolan, chair of the NY State Assembly Education Committee, and Danny Dromm, chair of the NYC Council Education Committee, denounced the overcrowded conditions and excessive class sizes in our schools that unfairly disadvantage NYC students, and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman described how too many kids are still crammed into classes of 35.
A high school student from Make the Road by Walking spoke about insufficient counselors and extracurricular programs. Zakiyah Ansari of AQE explained why the fight for our kids must continue.
If you'd like to join them, it's not too late! This afternoon, on their way to Albany, Robert Jackson and AQE will join with other parents and allies at 3:30 PM at Juan Pablo Duarte School, PS 132, 185 Wadsworth Ave., in Washington Heights, where the CFE lawsuit began, in 1993 -- more than 20 years ago.
The march for CFE funds begins from Class Size Matters on Vimeo.