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Finding Aid for the
CONFERENCE OF LARGE CITY BOARDS OF EDUCATION
RECORDS, 1968-1981
(APAP-083)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Amy C. Schindler
August 22, 2002



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 1 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, Jackelyn Freedman, the Executive Director of the Conference of Large City Boards of Education in October 1989.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and content note

Box and Folder List


Conference of Large City Boards of Education
Administrative History

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The Special Task Force on Equity and Excellence in Education was appointed as part of the Conference of Large City Boards of Education of New York State in 1978. Governor Hugh Carey appointed the Task Force to investigate school finance reform after the New York State Supreme Court ruled that the system of state school financing at the time was unconstitutional in the Levittown vs. Nyquist case.

Eugene Samter was the Executive Director of the Conference of Large City Boards of Education when the Task Force was appointed, compiling data, and publishing research in several reports. The materials in the collection are the files retained by Samter. The Conference of Large City Boards of Education is now known as the Conference of Big Five School Districts.


Conference of Large City Boards of Education
Scope & Content Note

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The materials in the Conference of Large City Boards of Education collection are from the files of the Special Task Force on Equity and Excellence in Education kept by Eugene Samter, the Executive Director of the Conference. The collection includes correspondence, research materials and data, meeting information, and some interim reports and drafts of reports of the Special Task Force. Some reports and data are included with the correspondence. Topics covered include school vouchers, regionalism in education, the correlation between class size and student achievement, special needs students, and other issues related to education policy. Also included is Samter's testimony from the 1976 Levittown vs. Nyquist case argued before the New York State Supreme Court. The School Finance Reform folders include news clippings and research materials from school finance reform movements in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and California, including the landmark Serrano vs. Priest case from California challenging the how schools in the state were financed.

The collection is particularly strong in documenting research materials, but it does not cover the administration, operation, and final report of the Special Task Force on Equity and Excellence in Education closely.


Conference of Large City Boards of Education
Box and Folder List

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Box 1
Folder

1. Correspondence, 1978-1979
2. Correspondence, 1979
3. Correspondence, 1979
4. Research, 1979
5. Meetings, 1979-1981
6-7. Meetings, 1980
8. Testimony of Eugene Samter, 1976
9. School Finance Reform, 1979
10. School Finance Reform, 1968-1979
11. School Finance Reform, 1971-1978
12-14. Second Interim Report, 1980


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