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Background: CFE v. State of New York

In 1993, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) filed a constitutional challenge to the New York State school funding system. The Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, ruled in 1995 that the New York State constitution requires that the state offer all children the opportunity for a "sound basic education," defined as a meaningful high school education that prepares students for competitive employment and civic participation.


In 2003, under the leadership of Michael A. Rebell, the organization filed and won the landmark "CFE v. State of New York" lawsuit, which successfully argued that the state's school finance system under-funded New York City public schools and denied its students their constitutional right. In November 2006, the Court of Appeals reaffirmed its 2003 decision.

The CFE case established the very important legal basis upon which the current NYSER case is built.

Click below for detail of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York case.

Court of Appeals Decisions

Campaign for Fiscal Equity v State of New York, 100 N.Y.2d 893 (2003)
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Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. v State of New York, 8 N.Y.3d 14 (2006)
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