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State's Highest Court Rules on Education Aid Formula

Albany, NY – (AP) -- The state's highest court has ruled that New York City school children aren't being adequately educated.

In a ruling with wide-ranging implications for districts throughout the state, the Court of Appeals says the city of New York isn't adequately educating its more than one million school children.

Thursday's ruling involved an earlier ruling by a state Supreme Court judge who said the state's education funding system shortchanges the mostly minority population of schools in New York City and other urban districts.

That ruling in January 2001 stunned policymakers in Albany, where the state Legislature and Governor Pataki were called on to make changes in a school funding system that had long been criticized as unfair.

Instead, Pataki sued, claiming the system is far from perfect but should reformed by the governor and lawmakers, not by a trial-level judge.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)