February 17, 2014

Syracuse Parents Join a New School Funding Lawsuit Against State

Twelve organizations and 15 parents across New York have joined together to sue the state over what they say are severe inequities in how funding for schools is allocated.

Among the plaintiffs are Parents for Public Schools of Syracuse and parent Heidi Teska, who is suing on behalf of her two children, fourth-grader Morgan and third-grader Nathaniel Teska-Prince, who attend Syracuse’s H.W. Smith K-8 School.

The suit is being spearheaded by Michael Rebell, the same attorney who prosecuted the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit in the early 2000s. The CFE won that suit by arguing that New York City schools were not getting enough funding for students to achieve the “sound, basic education” guaranteed in the state Constitution…

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