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News stories | May 2, 2019 >>

The UFT achieved its long-sought goal of eliminating the requirement that student test scores be a factor in the Annual Professional Performance Review process in the state budget approved by the state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 31.

National education and labor news | April 4, 2019 >>

The Trump administration’s budget proposal for 2020, released on March 11, includes a $7.1 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Education. This is the third time the White House has sought to slash education funding. Though Congress has largely ignored the administration’s previous attempts at deep cuts and is expected to rebuff these proposals as well, the document demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the privatization agenda of Betsy DeVos, its education secretary.

News stories | April 4, 2019 >>

A substantial increase in state funding for New York City public schools topped the agenda for the more than a thousand UFT members and public school parents who traveled to Albany on March 18 to meet with their state representatives for the UFT’s annual Lobby Day.

News stories | April 4, 2019 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew made the case for more funding for school programs that directly aid students in budget testimony on March 20 before the City Council Education Committee. At the same time, he asked the Council members to make sure state funds are not derailed or swallowed up the city’s education bureaucracy.

Testimony | March 26, 2019 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction regarding the fiscal year 2020 preliminary budget, the preliminary capital plan for fiscal years 2020-23, the preliminary 10-year capital strategy for fiscal years 2020-29, the fiscal 2019 preliminary mayor's management report and best practices in addressing the impact of social-emotional health initiatives on school climate and school discipline.

Testimony | March 20, 2019 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council's Committee on Education regarding the New York City budget for the coming fiscal year.

Around the UFT | February 7, 2019 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other union officers gathered at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in Albany on Jan. 28 to discuss the union’s 2019 legislative priorities with state lawmakers.

News stories | February 7, 2019 >>

In his first executive budget proposal since Democrats took control of the state Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a $1 billion increase in education spending, for a total $27.7 billion. 

Testimony | February 6, 2019 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate and Assembly Committees on Finance, Ways & Means and Education regarding the proposed fiscal year executive budget.

Testimony | December 18, 2018 >>

The UFT testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the fiscal year 2019-24 capital plan.

News stories | July 5, 2018 >>

The New York City Council passed a city budget on June 14 that increases overall education spending and boosts funding for four UFT education programs and initiatives.

News stories | June 7, 2018 >>

New York City Council members attending the UFT’s May 3 legislative breakfast heard why it’s important to continue supporting five of the UFT’s signature programs: Teacher’s Choice, the Community Learning Schools Initiative, the Positive Learning Collaborative, the BRAVE anti-bullying program and the Dial-a-Teacher homework helpline.

News stories | May 3, 2018 >>

In spite of fiscal threats from the federal government, state lawmakers passed a new budget on March 31 that includes $1 billion in additional funding for schools statewide. New York City public school funding will receive a $334 million share of that increase.

Testimony | March 23, 2018 >>

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford testified before the New York City Council Committees on Finance and Education regarding the proposed FY 2019 budget.

News stories | March 1, 2018 >>

Testifying in Albany on the governor’s proposed budget on Jan. 31, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on state lawmakers to boost foundation aid for public schools in the face of fiscal threats from the federal government. 

News stories | February 1, 2018 >>

Saying it will be a “challenging year” as the state confronts a $4.4 billion deficit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 16 called for a 3 percent boost in school aid in his $168 billion executive budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.

News stories | February 1, 2018 >>

With a Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case looming and New York State reeling from a federal tax overhaul, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the union needs political allies more than ever.

Testimony | January 31, 2018 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate and Assembly Finance, Ways and Means and Education committees regarding the proposed FY 2019 executive budget for elementary and secondary education.

Press releases | January 16, 2018 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal.

Union resolutions | December 6, 2017 >>

The UFT will work with its national unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association (NEA), to fight against tax cuts that unfairly target those who need help the most including senior citizens, those who earn the least, children, the poor and the destitute.

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