Campaign for Fiscal Equity says Bronx public schools need $9 billion from state
According to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, in order to give school children the proper facilities for a good education the next five years should cost $9 billion in education funding.
Officials say the Bronx public school children are deprived of a good education because of overcrowding and inadequate facilities. In October 2003, the city council said that it cost $12.9 billion to fix the city schools and fund new ones.
The school chancellor, Joel Klein, says that for years the state has discriminated against New York City schools and held back funding. Klein says the state has a deficit of their own, but he hopes to get the extra funding for the schools.
According to last summer's court ruling, the official deadline to come up with a set amount of money for Bronx and city schools is June 30.