NYSUT bus tour shines a light on New York’s school funding shortage

New York State United Teachers leaders are crisscrossing the state on a seven-week bus tour, https://fundourfutureny.org/ witnessing the impact of funding shortages in public schools from Long Island to the North Country. Since Jan. 15, they’ve been drawing attention to a plethora of woes, including teacher and support staff layoffs, counselor shortages, ballooning class sizes, and abandoned music and art programs. To help, NYSUT is calling for a $2.1 billion increase in state aid to schools this year, and supporting a new tax on the many ultrawealthy people in New York to support it.

Philly’s infrastructure crisis comes to a head

Our members’ push to heal sick schools in Philadelphia is being felt at the state level, with the health emergency there reaching such a point that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has sued its school district, persuaded the governor to budget more than $1 billion to fix schools statewide, and this week proposed a union-driven solution to triage an asbestos crisis, which so far has closed eight schools.