Dressing Storage

This post is a response to a comment posted on storage of dressings. We mentioned that dressings can stay good 1-2 weeks at least in the fridge. I've personally stored dressings this way using olive oil. I make sure I mix up the dressings really well before use, of course. Perhaps taking the dressings out a while before they are needed will also help with this solidifying.

One idea to keep dressings is to just keep making them fresh. The individual bottles and ingredients have a longer shelf life than fresh dressings, as I'm sure you can imagine. If you want to keep some on hand at almost all times. Consider using one container specifically for dressings and put markings on proportions so it is more streamline to put together. Please let me know if this was any help at all and if you have any other questions!

Fight for Equitable Funding for New York States' Public Schools

New York, NY (December 2, 2002) -- The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) announced that settlement talks it had been pursuing with legal representatives of Governor George Pataki have reached an impasse and CFE is now preparing to file its brief with the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. During the recent election campaign, Gov. Pataki announced his interest in settling the case after coming under criticism based on the Appellate Division ruling in June 2002 that an 8th grade level education was all that the state owed schoolchildren.

Michael A. Rebell, CFE's Executive Director and Counsel stated: "We regret that the settlement talks have failed to produce definitive results for New York State's schoolchildren. We can no longer delay proceeding with our appeal and seeking from New York State's highest court a prompt ruling that will ensure that all children receive what our state constitution guarantees them - the right to a sound basic education. We have, however, made some progress in these talks in exploring ways to reform the current state education finance system, and we hope that we can continue to work with the Governor and the Legislature, even while the litigation proceeds, to start laying the foundation for a new funding structure."

In January 2001, the courts originally ruled in a landmark decision by Justice Leland DeGrasse, that the current school funding formula is "inequitable and unconstitutional." The trial court held that the current state system of funding schools has consistently failed to meet the state's constitutional guarantee of the right to a "sound basic education." Then, in a stunning reversal in June 2002, the intermediate appeals court overruled the trial court's decision.

Due to the settlement talks, the Court of Appeals had extended the date for the filing of CFE's brief to January 8, 2003. CFE will now meet that final filing date, and will ask the Court to expedite the oral argument in the case and to issue a decision before the end of the Court's current term in June 2003.

On December 4, at a press conference in Albany, CFE will announce the details of a major "costing-out study" it will co-sponsor with the New York State School Boards Association and 23 other education, advocacy and business groups. The costing out process represents the first step in the development a new education finance system that will ensure that there are sufficient funds in every school district to guarantee all students the opportunity for a sound basic education.

A precondition of settlement talks required confidentiality from both parties. Adhering to this agreement, CFE spokespeople will be unable to speak further to the media about the specific issues that were addressed in the settlement talks.