ALBANY – The Jamestown School District – along with eight others across New York State – is considering its options following a State Supreme Court decision involving the long and ongoing Small Cities School lawsuit (AKA Maisto v. New York)
According to the Post-Journal, the trial judge in the Small Cities school funding case – Kimberly O’Connor – has ruled against the eight small city school districts – Jamestown included – which were suing the state for additional state funding.
The judge’s decision on Friday came after her first decision was unanimously reversed by the state Appellate Division.
In response to the ruling, Jamestown School superintendent Bret Apthorpe called it another blow to the disenfranchised children of New York state.
Apthorpe said the judge based her decision upon the testimony of state “experts” who had no experiences with schools in poverty – adding that Fairly funding our schools will be the only way for our students to have the opportunities our state constitution calls for.
Jamestown – along with the other parties involved with the lawsuit – will have the opportunity to appeal the latest ruling.