ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 6, 2016 – New York State United Teachers said today it is encouraged by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie's proposed agenda for the upcoming legislative session.
"Speaker Heastie has laid out an ambitious agenda – one with the right set of priorities for New York state," said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. "The Assembly's commitment to making bold investments in public education and supporting struggling schools; expanding universal prekindergarten; and improving access to childcare is greatly appreciated by NYSUT and our more than 600,000 members who live and work in every ZIP code of the state."
NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta said, "With today's speech, Speaker Heastie showed he understands the real challenges that students, educators and working families face, and what state government can do to help. We look forward to working collaboratively with both houses of the Legislature as this session gets underway to enact solutions that make our strong public institutions even stronger."
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.