ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 26, 2017 — New York State United Teachers today said the Appellate Division’s reversal of a state Supreme Court ruling in Maisto v. State of New York — and its subsequent order that the lower court re-consider the case based on the facts — is a step forward in the quest of eight small city school districts for fair funding.
“Students in small city school districts unquestionably have been denied the state funding required to ensure they receive the sound, basic education guaranteed by our state constitution,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta, “We are pleased that the Appellate Division has ordered the court to address the most meaningful issues raised by this case. We will not rest until students in these small city districts, which suffer from chronic underfunding and were hit by a disproportionate share of deep budget cuts during the recession, receive the justice they deserve.”
NYSUT is co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case.
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.