On April 16, 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio released his proposed executive budget for New York City, which would cut $827 million to education.
In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
We all know there are tough budget times ahead, and new sources of revenue have to be found. But according to its own filing with the state, the New York City school system spends more than $6 billion every year on central administration. To the extent that DOE cuts become necessary, that’s the first place the city should be looking. Now is not the time to cut direct services to students and school communities when they are going through so much.