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Teachers mount statewide bus tour for increased school aid

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As New York State faces tough budget challenges, the New York State United Teachers will bring its “Fund Our Future” statewide bus tour to two stops in New York City on Friday, Jan. 24.

The bus tour — which features union officials and local elected officials talking about the needs of individual schools — will visit a Bronx middle school and an upper Manhattan elementary school.

The tour is part of campaign calling for a $2.1 billion increase in education aid statewide, with a focus on "Foundation Aid" — designated for schools in the state's neediest areas.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta, and elected officials will hear from educators at each school about what their students lack because their classrooms are short-changed on state funding, and how their students would benefit if their schools received their full allotment based on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision in 2006 but never fully implemented by the state.

"Fund Our Future" bus tour made two stops in New York City on Friday, January 24:

  • 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24: Middle School 181, 800 Baychester Avenue, Bronx NY 10475 — A middle school that is owed an estimated $925,000 in Foundation Aid this year.
  • 1:30 pm, Friday, Jan. 24: at PS 5 Ellen Lurie, 3703 10th Ave, New York, NY 10034 — An elementary school that is owed an estimated $635,000 in Foundation Aid this year.