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Topics in the News:
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.
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.