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Legislative priorities discussed

New York Teacher
Two men talking with one man watching

Engaged in discussion are (from left) Mulgrew, New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta and Heastie.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew gathered with state lawmakers including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and the chairs of the education committees of both houses on the Observation Deck of Corning Tower in Albany on Jan. 28 to discuss the union’s legislative priorities for 2020. Mulgrew urged legislators at the well-attended reception to increase state funding for schools by $2.1 billion and pay for it with a new tax on the ultra-wealthy. Mulgrew thanked the lawmakers for supporting public education and said, “We all need to come together against a proposed state budget that seeks to close a $6 billion budget gap on the backs of public school students, our communities and working- and middle-class families.” Mulgrew also appealed for more state aid for UFT Teacher Centers, United Community Schools and the Positive Learning Collaborative.