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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.

News briefs | April 6, 2017 >>

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state, yet again, is not providing adequate funding for public schools. The court ordered lawmakers to devise a plan that would meet constitutional standards by the end of June.

President's perspective | April 6, 2017 >>

In the president’s budget blueprint, we see this is a zero-sum game with clear winners and losers. The score can be tallied in dollars awarded and dollars taken away.

News stories | April 6, 2017 >>

President Donald Trump on March 16 took the first step to make good on his campaign promise to shift federal tax dollars from traditional public schools to a “choice” program that promotes charters, private and religious schools.

News briefs | March 2, 2017 >>

Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy’s proposal to redistribute state school funding from wealthier areas to struggling cities has sparked opposition from well-off towns that are concerned about footing more of the bill.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged state lawmakers on Feb. 14 in Albany to fully fund the foundation aid that New York City schools need — and to extend and enhance the millionaire’s tax to help pay for it.


Editorials | March 2, 2017 >>

New York State levied a millionaire’s tax in 2009, just as the financial crisis and the ensuing recession hit. It brought in $4 billion annually to the state’s coffers just as tax receipts were drying up.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

At the UFT’s annual Legislative Reception at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in Albany, nearly 200 state government officials and other guests got a bird’s-eye view of the capital and an overall look at the union’s legislative priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

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