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With Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressuring state lawmakers to pass his misguided education proposals as part of the state budget, 1,100 UFT members on March 12 converged on the state capital to shift the focus to the real priority: getting the state to pay the $2.5 billion it owes to New York City schools.
Protests against Cuomo’s harmful public education agenda peaked in New York City on March 12, when parents, their children and educators joined hands to form a human chain around their buildings as if to protect them from the governor’s proposals.
Now that city and state budgets are back in the black, the City Council should restore funding for Teacher’s Choice, UFT Vice President Evelyn DeJesus told the Council in budget testimony on March 25.
The Council Education Committee on March 19 adopted a resolution calling on the state Legislature to reject Gov. Cuomo’s receivership approach for fixing struggling city schools via a state takeover.
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Every phone call, every Facebook post, every sign you made — it all helped move the needle and educate the public on the truth behind the governor’s proposals.
Around 150 parents, teachers and students from Brooklyn’s Community School District 15 rallied and picketed outside Gov. Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan offices on March 11. PS 24 Chapter Leader Erika Dagress said she trekked to the rally from her Sunset Park school because Cuomo “is trying to break public education.”
UFT President Michael Mulgrew opened the Delegate Assembly on March 25 by thanking delegates for the union’s outstanding work in countering Gov. Cuomo’s destructive education agenda.
As budget negotiations were going down to the wire in Albany, some 5,000 parents, teachers and students from across the state converged outside Gov. Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office for a March 28 rally that marked the culmination of their months-long campaign to stop him from pushing through radical changes to public education policy favored by his Wall Street backers as part of the state budget.
Through new media such as Twitter and Facebook to more traditional forms of protest, members and allies are getting out the word that the governor’s proposals would harm children, damage schools and threaten the future of public education.
Demanding that Gov. Cuomo pay up on the state’s long-overdue $2.5 billion debt to New York City public schools, two education advocacy groups at a press conference on Feb. 19 released a report that broke down the money owed by Assembly and Senate district in New York City so that each lawmaker who is going to vote on the state budget can tell exactly how much money is missing from his or her district.
News | March 5, 2015 >>
Thousands of UFT members, parents and community activists gathered in February at 11 education forums sponsored by the UFT throughout the five boroughs to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: All public schools — not just charter schools — deserve fair funding, and public education will suffer if even more consequences are attached to state test scores.
On the evening of Feb. 9, meteorologists in Albany were toting up how much snow had fallen at the end of a 48-hour storm. But that didn’t stop state lawmakers from showing up for the UFT’s annual Legislative Reception on the observation deck of the 42-story Corning Tower. President Michael Mulgrew and NYSUT President Karen Magee spent a couple of productive hours meeting with numerous state legislators — most from New York City, but also many from upstate New York.
The UFT took to the airwaves on Feb. 3 in its all-out campaign to blast Governor Cuomo’s education priorities and to educate the public and state lawmakers about what #AllKidsNeed.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew convened a live webcast Q-&-A on Feb. 10 to paint a clearer picture for members of the governor’s harmful education proposals and the looming state budget negotiations in which the governor wields inordinate power.
Sounding the alarm that students just learning English are not getting the services and supports they need, UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus told the City Council Education Committee on Feb. 25 that the Department of Education needs to hire more teachers with bilingual or English as a Second Language certifications.
Following the inaugural Moral Monday rally on Jan. 12 that drew a thousand protesters to Albany, the UFT joined once again with public school and community allies for a Moral Monday demonstration in front of Gov. Cuomo's office in midtown Manhattan on Feb. 2.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda took a solid one-two to the gut, courtesy of two of New York City’s heavy hitters during a joint budget hearing on education in Albany on Feb. 3. UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña slammed Cuomo for the governor’s failure to pay the city the $2.5 billion in state aid that city schools are owed from the 2006 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.
News | February 9, 2015 >>
More than 100 teachers, parents and guidance counselors gathered at the UFT Bronx borough office on Feb. 6 for a community forum with seven elected officials to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: All public schools — not just charter schools — deserve fair funding and respect.
News stories | February 5, 2015 >>
The Moral Mondays movement came to New York State on Jan. 12 as about 1,000 students, parents, advocates and union leaders from New York City and across the state converged on the state Capitol to demand fair and equitable funding for public schools.