Glenn Blain reported, “Lawsuit claiming New York fails to provide ‘sound basic education’ for NYC, Syracuse students approved for trial”
“ALBANY – The state’s highest court on Tuesday allowed a lawsuit that accuses New York of shortchanging school kids to proceed to trial — but only as it relates to New York City and Syracuse.
In a partial victory for Gov. Cuomo’s administration, the Court of Appeals dismissed the claims of an educational group that New York was failing to provide a “sound basic education” to school kids across the state.
The court ruled that such arguments must be made on a district-by-district basis and that the group, New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights, had only provided enough information to justify those claims for the city and upstate Syracuse.
“The NYSER plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged deficient inputs and outputs with respect to New York City and, although in less detail, Syracuse,” Judge Rowan Wilson wrote for the majority in the decision.
. . . “We are pleased that the court ruled in the state’s favor on every issue it contested and once and for all dismissed the false claims paid lobbyists have been peddling around Albany for years,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said. “The truth is that New York dedicates more money per-pupil to education than any other state — including over $25.8 billion in this year’s Budget — and we’ll continue to work to strengthen our public schools and provide New York children with the education they deserve.”
Douglas Schwarz, a lawyer for the group, vowed to press on with the case.
“The court has said that our essential claims are viable, it is just going to take longer to establish them,” Schwarz said.”
While it is true that New York dedicates more money per-pupil to education than any other state, it is also true that New York spends that money on pushing the common core curriculum on its districts, standardized testing, administrative salaries and benefits, and charter school proliferation.
New York State spends educational tax dollars on mis-educating its children and supporting the profits of testing companies.
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