(1:50 PM) Court Rules Against Jamestown, Other Districts In Small Cities School Funding Case

Bret Apthorpe

The trial judge in the Small Cities school funding case has ruled against the 80 plaintiffs in the eight small city school districts — Jamestown, Kingston, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Port Jervis, Poughkeepsie and Utica — suing New York state for additional state aid.

The judge’s first decision was unanimously reversed by the state Appellate Division, Third Department.

“The recent Maisto decision is yet another blow to the disenfranchised children of New York state,” said Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent. “The judge in the case based her decision upon the testimony of state “experts” who had no experiences with schools in poverty. Fairly funding our schools will be the only way for our students to have the opportunities our state constitution calls for. We know how to counteract the forces of poverty and provide students the education they need to be successful in college and career. All we need is for the state to honor the law and fairly fund our schools.”

A complete story will appear in Saturday’s edition of The Post-Journal.