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25 January 2020

  • 'Fund Our Future' bus tour in the Big Apple: ‘We are 1,000 percent for the kids’

    Teacher Amy Byrnes left a career in richly resourced private schools because she felt a “calling to public service and to close the gap,” she said. She landed at IS181 Pablo Casals School in the Bronx, and she’s glad.

    Even so, she sometimes breaks down in tears at the end of the day, and wakes up in the middle of the night.

    “I knew what had to be done, but sometimes I felt I wasn't able to do all that I needed to do to set these kids up for success.”

    The bright and colorful halls are full of student art and smiling faces, but the atmosphere belies the fact that IS181 is owed $925,000 in state Foundation Aid this year, nearly 10 percent of its budget. The shortfall takes a heavy

  • NYSUT ‘Fund Our Future’ bus tour draws attention to underfunding of New York City schools

    NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Jan. 24, 2020 — New York State United Teachers is visiting New York City schools today to draw attention to the severe impact a lack of state funding has had on schools statewide. Union activists also are highlighting the need for new revenues that will enable the state to tackle educational inequality and other pressing needs.

    Learn more about the "Fund Our Future" campaign at FundOurFutureNY.org.

    Speaking outside IS 181/Pablo Casals in The Bronx Friday morning, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta called on state officials to make full funding of Foundation Aid, the underpinning of how New York funds

  • SCHOOL AID RUNS: Your district's funding for the proposed 2020-21 state budget

    School aid runs for the proposed 2020-21 state budget are now available.

    Use the Excel spreadsheet to compare your district's proposed aid for 2020-21 to last year's funding data.

    Open the document on your desktop computer and use the yellow drop-down menu (cell B1) to select your district from the alphabetical listing.

    Comparison Data


  • NYSUT reacts to governor’s executive budget proposal

    ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 21, 2020 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today regarding the governor’s executive budget proposal:

    “When it comes to fully funding public education, every year we hear the same thing at the start of the budget process: We have a huge deficit, so don’t ask for more money. But what we’re really asking for is for New York to keep its promises. Educational inequality is the most pressing issue of our time because the state is billions of dollars behind on Foundation Aid funding for roughly 400 school districts statewide.

    “The time has come for New York to fund our future. That means paying

  • Lacking funds, Westchester County schools struggle to meet the social and emotional needs of students

    A tableful of educators, lawmakers and union leaders were leaning in to hear stories of White Plains students shortchanged by diminished funding, when a walkie-talkie crackled.

    The caller needed help with a student in emotional crisis. The school health care professionals at the table were familiar with the situation; there are about a half dozen such incidents a day with different students. The rest of the class was evacuated and professionals were able to calm the child.

    “We’re working backwards,” said Laura Fein Zottola, school social worker and member of the White Plains TA. Without enough staff, with elimination of programs, “we wind up missing things on the proactive end.”

    She is