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A crowd of people stand outside holding signs that read "Stop school budget cuts"

School funding cuts spark uproar

Hundreds of protesters demanded that the city Department of Education restore more than $215 million in school budget cuts at a rally on June 24 outside City Hall, where the City Council was holding an emergency hearing to probe the reductions in the recently adopted city budget.

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Mayor threatens to cut school budgets

As Gov. Kathy Hochul considers signing state legislation to reduce class sizes in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is threatening cuts to next year’s school budgets even as he sits on billions of dollars of federal education aid.

Classroom circle

State bill would lower class sizes

Capping a yearlong push by educators and parents to lower class sizes, state lawmakers passed a bill on June 2 to cap the number of students per classroom in New York City public schools at 20 to 25, depending on the grade, by 2027.

Michael Mulgrew

Mulgrew re-elected UFT president

Michael Mulgrew gained his fifth term as UFT president with 66% of the vote. He carried with him most of his slate, with the exception of high school executive board positions.

Rashid Ali Mathus

Voice of UFT DAs, Rashid Ali Mathus, dies

Rashid Ali Mathus, known to UFT members and delegates for his work moderating the union’s Town Hall and Delegate Assembly meetings, died on May 7, 2022, at age 40.

Ex-Bronx chapter_ leader gets justice

Ex-Bronx chapter leader gets justice

An administrative law judge has ruled that Bronx teacher Brenda Cartagena had been the victim of retaliation by her school’s principal for standing up for her members’ rights as school chapter leader.

Seal of State of California

California embraces community schooling

California is launching a seven-year initiative to convert potentially thousands of schools into full-service, parent-focused community schools.

Starbucks

Starbucks fires 20 union organizers

Starbucks is using aggressive tactics to squash the efforts of workers seeking to unionize at the world’s largest coffeehouse chain.

Andrew Giuliani

Conservatives fare poorly in NY school board races

An analysis of preliminary results from New York State’s May 17 school board elections found that the majority of conservative “parents’ rights” candidates, who oppose mask mandates, critical race theory and other policies, were trounced in their races.

Delegates decry deadly school shooting

Delegates decry deadly school shooting

Americans were still reeling on May 25, a day after the carnage in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old brandishing automatic weapons shot and killed 19 elementary school children and two of their teachers. And emotions were still raw among the union delegates at the Delegate Assembly.