FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, CHANCELLOR KLEIN, UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS PRESIDENT MICHAEL MULGREW AND COUNCIL OF SCHOOL SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS PRESIDENT ERNEST A. LOGAN TO TRAVEL TO ALBANY TO ASK LEGISLATURE TO RESTORE EDUCATION AID
Mayor will Ask Legislators Not to Make Disproportionate Cuts to New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, School Chancellor Joel I. Klein, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Ernest A. Logan will travel to Albany tomorrow to discuss restoring education aid to New York City with Governor Paterson, State Senators Skelos and Sampson, and Speaker Silver. The Mayor and union leaders planned the trip last week. If Albany makes disproportionate cuts to New York City, teacher vacancies will go unfilled, class sizes will increase, school lunch options will be cut and obsolete computers will not be replaced.
"Last week we announced we would work together on our shared priorities and go to Albany to make the case for funding that will benefit our students, teachers and everyone else who relies on New York City schools," said Mayor Bloomberg. "We've come a long way over the past eight years, and we'll need Albany's support to keep our progress going."
"Our kids get only one shot at a great education," said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew. "That's why we can't afford to let our school system be decimated by budget cuts that will raise class sizes and eliminate afterschool and other critical programs. The UFT has been working for months to let legislators know that our kids are depending on them, and I look forward to another opportunity to make our case to state leaders."
"We all need to join forces to ensure that we don't sacrifice the progress our school leaders, teachers and children have made," said Ernest A. Logan, President, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators. "The damage done by severe cuts to education cannot be undone in two or three years; the damage lasts for a whole generation. CSA has been working relentlessly to ensure that our elected officials understand this and we will continue this work for as long as necessary."
Stu Loeser/Jessica Scaperotti (212) 788-2958
Dick Riley (United Federation of Teachers) (212) 598-9220
Chiara Coletti (Council of School Supervisors and Administrators) (212) 510-1001