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Topics in the News:
Feature stories | March 7, 2019 >>
The PTA at PS 705 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, gave the school’s teachers a remarkable gift: $750 each to use at their discretion during the school year.
News stories | March 7, 2019 >>
Testifying in Albany on Feb. 6 on the executive budget, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for a $2.2 billion increase in education funding in the coming fiscal year — substantially more than the governor proposed.
News stories | January 3, 2019 >>
New York City schools will receive another $383 million for new technology and needed improvements in the coming year, thanks to the Smart Schools Bond Act, a UFT-backed measure approved by voters in 2014.
Press releases | December 17, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's speech outlining his agenda for the first 100 days of 2019.
News stories | December 6, 2018 >>
The UFT has formed a partnership with the National Student Debt Forgiveness Center and longtime Retired Teachers Chapter legal provider Feldman, Kramer & Monaco to help Department of Education-employed members burdened with student debt find, navigate and apply for federal debt relief or the right debt forgiveness program. The average student loan debt balance for a teacher is $40,000, according to a Federal Reserve survey.
Testimony | October 30, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the oversight and transparency of Fair Student Funding.
Info you should know | September 6, 2018 >>
Following a strong lobbying effort by the UFT, the City Council maintained the previous year’s big increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice in the city budget. As a result, eligible UFT-represented educators will be reimbursed the same amounts as last school year for materials and supplies for the 2018–19 school year.
National education and labor news | July 5, 2018 >>
The Washington Supreme Court ruled on June 7 that the state has at last complied with a court-ordered mandate to fully fund its education system by September of this year, ending a decade-long case known as the McCleary lawsuit.
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.
Editorials | May 3, 2018 >>
This spring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers delivered a 3.3 percent increase for New York public schools, despite a state deficit and the fiscal threat from Washington, D.C.
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.
News stories | April 5, 2018 >>
In the wake of a new federal tax policy that hurts New York State, the UFT sent more than 1,100 members and public school parents to Albany on March 19 to talk face-to-face with state lawmakers about the need to protect New York City public schools from Washington, D.C.
National education and labor news | April 5, 2018 >>
After an earlier veto threat, President Donald Trump signed a spending bill on March 23 that provides $70 billion for federal education initiatives — a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had sought to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget.
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.
National education and labor news | 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.
National education and labor news | 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.
National education and labor news | 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.