School Funding Goes Beyond City and State

February 23, 2005 | Newsday |

Senior Fellow Jennifer Wheary addresses the reasons why failing city schools require dramatic action and urgent attention. That's the message from this past week's New York State Supreme Court ruling upholding the findings of a court -appointed panel that New York City schools require an additional $14.8 billion to meet students' basic educational needs.

As baby boomers age and fertility rates decline, immigrants are becoming an increasingly major part of the U.S. labor force. Without immigrants, the growth of the American economy and work force would grind to a halt. As a result, educating immigrant children is a national priority that will only grow more pressing in the years ahead.