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Union asks lawmakers to fund foundation aid

Mulgrew talks about the UFT’s funding priorities. Marty Kerins Jr.

Mulgrew talks about the UFT’s funding priorities.

Michael Mulgrew poses with Carl Heastie, Liz Perez, Jaime Willams. Marty Kerins Jr.

President Michael Mulgrew poses with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) of the Bronx, UFT Brooklyn Borough Representative Liz Perez (right) and Jaime R. Williams, an Assembly member from Brooklyn.

At the UFT’s annual Legislative Reception at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in Albany, nearly 200 state government officials and other guests got a bird’s-eye view of the capital and an overall look at the union’s legislative priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jan. 30 reception gave union officials an opportunity to reconnect with state legislators and provide them with a preview of the UFT’s objectives in Albany this year. “We look forward to working with the state Legislature to ensure our schools have the funding they need to help every one of our children succeed,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew told those assembled. Fighting for the restoration and full funding of state foundation aid as soon as possible tops the UFT’s legislative agenda this year, he said. Other priorities include restoring state aid for UFT Teacher Centers and increasing the transparency and accountability of charter schools. Among those attending the reception were state Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon; state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia; Senate and Assembly members; and City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. 

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