Tuesday, November 21, 2006

$$$ TO SCHOOLS?


How much money has been awarded the NYC school system on the court’s most recent decision? What was the court’s decision? What was the dissenting opinion? What does the last paragraph of the article imply?

Spitzer (governor elect) has carefully made a statement regarding the matter,

”We must provide more funding than this constitutional minimum, so that all of New York’s schoolchildren have an opportunity to thrive in the 21st century workplace…”

How has his opinion on the matter changed since the election?

2 comments:

Jason Mangubat hs senior said...

Throughout his campaign, Mr. Eliot Spitzer repeatedly said that up to $8.5 billion must be spent on needy school districts throughout the state, including at least at $4 billion a year for New York City. But Republican lawmakers, among them Joseph Bruno, the State Senate majority leader have repeatedly sought to blcok the additional spending. The 4-2 decision by the Court of Appeals ended the case not with an excalmation point but with a mumble. It included three different opinions on the amount of money that ought by the judge who provided the swing vote for the majority. That judge bluntly stated that he was not sure that $1.93 billion a year was the proper figure. The figure is much lower than the $4.7 billion a year that lower courts had said was needed to give the city's children the opportunity for a sound basic education guaranteed by the State Constitution. New York State's highest court ended a landmark 13-year court battle over education financing today by releasing its ruling that an additional $1.93 billion must be spent each year on New York City's public schools. The decision yesterday also vacated earlier court rulings mandating more than $9 billion for school construction and other renovations and enhancements to facilites. The court noted that the state's authorization earlier this year of $11.1 billion in financing for school construction in New York City had met the state's obligation. Mr. Spitzer promised that his executive budget in February will be including "the expenditure of significant funding on a state wide basis as part of a multi-year plan." And he called for improved oversight to make sure the money is spent well.

vishnell said...

A ruling was released that an additional $1.93 billion must be spent each year on New York City’s public schools. In the beginning the article talked about how the court had different opinions of this matter. The last paragraph states that the court ruling had said more than $9 billion should be spent for school construction and other renovations and enhancements to facilities. The court realized that the states agreement earlier this year of $11.1 billion in financing for school construction in New York City has met the states requirements. Some are happy with this, some even would be happier with less, and some like Judge Kaye hope the policymakers will continue to attempt to make schools better and to put into practice a statewide solution.


Mr. Spitzer said “We must provide more funding than this constitutional minimum, so that all of New York’s schoolchildren have an opportunity to thrive in the 21st century workplace..”


From reading this article I think that quote is the best part of the whole article. It really disgusts me for some people to block additional spending or not want the opportunity to help spend more money on needy school districts throughout the state. We are in the 21st century our education should be getting better and we have almost everything in this century to help make it better. Education has got to be one of the most important things. If you have a chance to help or have a voice in more money being put in city schools why would you say no?


The children of this generation are the kids of the future. Every child now should be able to get the best education. Money should be put into city schools to make sure that children are in an excellent school where they can help accomplish their goals. If more funding is providing for schools children will be able to learn in a environment where they know they can achieve their dreams.