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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.

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.

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

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