Past Features

May 1, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 7)

Forum at Lehman May 3 to Focus on Financing Public Education

Councilman Robert Jackson
Councilman Robert Jackson
New York City Councilman Robert Jackson, who chairs the Council's Education Committee and led the recent drive to achieve greater State funding for New York City's public schools, will be featured in a panel discussion and conference on Thursday, May 3, at Lehman College. The event, scheduled for 4-6:30 p.m. in the East Dining Room, is sponsored by the College's Division of Education and is entitled "Common Sense and Smart Money for Public Schools." It is free and open to the public.

Other speakers will include Helaine Doran, deputy director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), which Councilman Jackson cofounded in 1991; April Humphrey, regional coordinator of the Alliance for Quality Education; and Ronn Jordan, vice president of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. The forum will focus on what educators, parents and students need to know about financing public education.

Councilman Jackson became involved in the effort to improve public schools in 1980, when he enrolled his eldest daughter at P.S./I.S. 187 in northern Manhattan. He became president of the Parents' Association, as well as president of Community School Board 6, and was the lead plaintiff in the CFE suit against New York State. The case ultimately led to a landmark court ruling that the State's funding formula was unconstitutional.

Prior to his election to the City Council in 2001, he was Director of Field Services for the New York State Public Employees Federation, representing over 55,000 professional, scientific and technical employees. He is also co-chair of the Council's Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.

For more information, contact the College's Division of Education at 718-960-8474.