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Pataki Panel Weighs School Funding, Historic Reform

By Associated Press

Albany, NY – Testimony to the state's Commission on Education Reform is finished. Now, commission members have to figure out what to do with the numerous proposals offered to transform education in New York.

Tom Carroll of the Coalition for Education Reform was among 120 people who testified at six hearings. He says the commission must seize the opportunity to not only better-fund New York City schools as required by last year's landmark court order, but fix them throughout the state.

Antonia Cortese of the New York State United Teachers union said more money is needed for more teachers and smaller classes.

Pataki's commission has until March 1st to recommend how the state should reform education and meet the court order.

The winner of the suit, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, is demanding that $2 billion be added to the state's current $14billion in school aid beginning in the fiscal year starting April 1st.