On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that state lawmakers had still not come to agreement on a final budget deal. Chief among the sticking points in the negotiations is charter school funding; Senate Republicans are seeking to increase funding for charter schools.
In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
Senate Republicans, bought and paid for by their charter masters, are holding the state’s education budget hostage so they can take money that should be going to neighborhood public schools around the state and send it to charters in New York City. Their campaign donors come first, and public school students last.