Study: Poor NYS schools lack basic resources

Dec 10, 2012

Many schools in New York's poor districts lack basic resources six years after a landmark court ruling required the state to increase spending on public education.  That's according to a study released Monday by Teachers College at Columbia University.  WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

The college's Campaign for Educational Equity looked at resources of 33 high-needs schools during the last school year, including schools in the Big Five districts of New York City and Rochester, as well as schools in selected small city, rural and suburban districts. It found students going without basics like books and access to mandated courses.

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which won the court ruling, says the state is $5 billion behind what it pledged to spend.

The governor's office didn't initially respond to a request for comment Monday.

© 2012 AP