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News briefs | February 1, 2018 >>

The Connecticut Supreme Court in January overturned a lower court judge’s wide-ranging decision that the state had failed in its constitutional obligation to adequately fund public education.

News briefs | February 1, 2018 >>

Three-quarters of the nationwide public school spending cuts prompted by the 2008 recession have been restored, according to new federal data.

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.

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.

News briefs | January 4, 2018 >>

House and Senate Republicans moved in mid-December toward a final vote on a $1.5 trillion tax plan that could cost the nation’s public schools dearly. In the next decade, the sweeping changes to the tax code could put $370 billion worth of state and local revenue and 370,000 education jobs at risk, according to a state-by-state analysis by the National Education Association.

Editorials | January 4, 2018 >>

The Republican tax overhaul is dreadful in ways old and new. It will be horrible for millions of families and individuals in 12 Democratic states, including New York and New Jersey, because the tax plan’s cap on deductions of state and local taxes will mean higher federal taxes and less money in their wallets.

News stories | January 4, 2018 >>

With state lawmakers gearing up for the legislative session that begins in January, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie came to union headquarters on Dec. 12 to talk about the state economy and next year’s budget priorities. Hanging over everything was the Republican tax overhaul and possible federal budget cuts, both of which could squeeze state education funding.

News briefs | November 2, 2017 >>

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state’s new school finance system is unconstitutional, sending the issue back to the state Legislature ahead of an election-year legislative session.

News briefs | November 2, 2017 >>

Bill Gates’ philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is making an about-face on its education priorities to focus on networks of traditional public schools aimed at improving student achievement.

Education nation | October 5, 2017 >>

A new school funding formula in Illinois, signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, is being hailed as a historic first step toward making sure more state dollars go to the public schools that need it the most.

News stories | August 3, 2017 >>

Educators who are ready to begin purchasing materials and supplies for the upcoming school year will have significantly more spending money thanks to a hard-fought increase in City Council funding for Teacher’s Choice.

News briefs | July 6, 2017 >>

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on June 15 a sweeping and controversial education bill that diverts public money to privately run charter schools.

News briefs | July 6, 2017 >>

Kansas lawmakers restored funding to the state’s cash-strapped public schools on June 6, overriding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto to pass a bill repealing much of the governor’s signature tax cuts.

News stories | July 6, 2017 >>

Republicans joined Democrats in a tough grilling of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the devastating impact of President Trump’s proposal to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget in a Senate hearing on June 6.

Education nation | July 6, 2017 >>

Public schools in Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, have been the collateral damage of an epic financial collapse on the island.

News briefs | June 1, 2017 >>

The Trump administration’s proposed education budget strips $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives and channels part of those savings into so-called “school choice” programs, including $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools.

Press releases | May 15, 2017 >>

The United Federation of Teachers took part in a rally on City Hall steps Monday, May 15, 2017, in support of universal free lunch for all New York City students.

Editorials | May 4, 2017 >>

It took a little longer, but our hard work yielded results: The new state budget increases education aid by $1.1 billion, which includes $700 million in additional foundation aid for school districts. Prekindergarten, community schools and after-school programs all get a boost in support.

Education nation | May 4, 2017 >>

School funding in Kansas was decimated after Sam Brownback became governor in 2011 and started slashing taxes. But the state court is demanding changes.

News stories | May 4, 2017 >>

Public education in New York will get an additional $1.1 billion in the new state budget, while two UFT-supported provisions from the previous budget remain intact, making it possible for public schools to retain much-needed funds.

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