Suit claims New York state shortchanged city schools during recession

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New York State has shortchanged the entire public school system by billions of dollars, ignoring an agreement that followed a landmark court ruling in 2006, according to a lawsuit to be filed Tuesday by an education advocacy group.

The group, New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights, says in the suit, to be filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, that the state is $4 billion behind in fulfilling the agreement.

The suit comes amid a raging debate over how to pay for prekindergarten in New York and shows that challenging economic times can play havoc with financing even smaller slices of the educational pie.

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