November 14, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Today, parents, teachers and community members walked to Governor Cuomo’s regional office in New York City to deliver a package of invoices for education funding that advocates say is 10 years overdue to local schools.
The delivery of invoices marks 30 days since the “#EdWalk for CFE” arrived in Albany after a 150-mile trek from New York City to demand that Governor Cuomo and state legislators commit to fully funding public schools according to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) lawsuit.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the final court ruling on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, but schools continue to be funded below the CFE requirements. To comply with the CFE ruling, New York State owes an additional $3.9 billion in educational funding for school districts statewide.
Governor Cuomo’s office refused to meet with the #EdWalk participants in Albany in October, and called the walk a “publicity stunt.” The action in New York City will coincide with walks across the state on Thursday to deliver “30 days past due” payment slips to the Governor to let him know that CFE must be a priority in the upcoming session.