School finance litigation watch: E.J. McMahon, who directs the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center for New York State Policy, tells us exactly what he thinks about last week's 3-2 appellate ruling concerning Judge Leland DeGrasse's decision to order billions in state tax moneys redirected to New York City schools:
As dissenting judges at earlier stages in this case have pointed out, the CFE [Campaign for Fiscal Equity] lawsuit is designed to spawn "limitless litigation" by subjecting New York's statewide school-aid formula to perpetual second-guessing by the courts. That goal is now well within the plaintiffs' reach. With his gift for ambiguity, Judge Buckley has done his part to ensure that all the lawyers involved in this case will be busy for years to come.