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C4E Law on borough meetings upheld

Compiled Maryam Abdul-Aleem | 6/13/2013, 11:57 a.m.

On June 10, the state Supreme Court upheld a law requiring the Department of Education to hold borough-wide Contract for Excellence (C4E) public hearings for the 2013-2014 school year and beyond. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity represented the parents in the lawsuit against New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and the Department of Education.

The group argued that their rights to provide "input" into the school spending plan were being denied after meetings were not being held or decisions were being made with little or no public comment. The C4E law to hold borough meetings on annual spending plans in New York City schools provides a transparent way to allow public comments on the allocation of additional funding to districts.

A group of parents in New York City filed the lawsuit in March against the DOE. Leonie Haimson, the executive director of Class Size Matters, said, "Finally, the city is going to have to follow the C4E law and hold borough hearings and listen to parents before the $600 million in annual funds have been spent."