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SMALL CITIES STUDENTS PRESENT COMPELLING TRIAL EVIDENCE OF EDUCATIONAL HARM

Published on: March 3, 2015

The student plaintiffs in NY's "Small Cities" case presented evidence that the State has failed to provide them with a meaningful opportunity for a high school education, in violation of their right to a "sound basic education."

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INEQUALITY IN NEW YORK SCHOOL FUNDING REACHES NEW HIGHS

Published on: January 12, 2015

A report issued today shows that in Governor Cuomo’s first term inequality in funding between poor school districts and wealthy school districts grew over $700 per pupil, the largest gap in New York history.

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Trial in NY Small Cities School Funding Lawsuit to Start in January

Published on: October 28, 2014

After waiting six years, the parents and children in eight NY, high poverty, low wealth school districts will finally get their day in court in Maisto v. New York, known as the “Small Cities” case.

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ELC PRESSES TO ENFORCE NY CONTRACTS FOR EXCELLENCE

Published on: October 21, 2014

ELC continues efforts to hold NY education officials accountable for implementing the Contracts for Excellence Law, a crucial component of the State’s obligation to ensure all students a sound basic education.

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THE RIGHT TO A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION: A PRIMER ON THE NY SMALL CITIES CASE

Published on: September 22, 2014

ELC recently joined the legal team representing the Plaintiff students and parents in the “Small Cities” case, challenging the State's failure to provide essential educational resources in 8 NY school districts.

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LAWSUIT PROMPTS NYC DOE TO SCHEDULE BOROUGH HEARINGS ON SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN

Published on: June 10, 2014

For the first time in more than four years, the NYC DOE will hold timely, borough-wide public hearings on the Department’s Contract for Excellence plan for 2014-15. The hearings respond to a lawsuit filed by four public school parents represented by ELC.

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ARGUMENTS SET IN NY PROPERTY TAX CAP CHALLENGE

Published on: April 14, 2014

A challenge to the constitutionality of NY’s local property tax cap is being reargued in State Supreme Court in Albany before Judge Eugene Devine, who is also presiding over NY's "Small Cities" school funding case. The tax cap, enacted in 2011, limits local property tax increases to support schools to 2% per year.

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ADVOCACY GROUPS CALL ON LEGISLATURE TO SAFEGUARD PARENTS’ RIGHTS

Published on: March 26, 2014

ELC's Campaign for Fiscal Equity Project, the Alliance for Quality Education, and Class Size Matters call on NY legislative leaders to preserve and strengthen the Contract for Excellence (C4E) law.

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