January 16, 2020

More state funding needed to ensure graduation rates continue rising

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations

ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 16, 2020 — New York State United Teachers today applauded the hard work of educators and students across New York as the graduation rate for students statewide increased yet again last school year. Meanwhile, more progress has been made toward addressing the achievement gap between African-American and Hispanic students and white students.

Providing all students with the resources they need to graduate is critical, and NYSUT is advocating for greater state investments in education to ensure New York’s schools are able to keep up with student needs.

“Yet another increase in the statewide graduation rate is an encouraging sign that New York has a bright future ahead of it,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “If we want that future to only get brighter from here, the state must make full funding of our schools a priority. At a time when we see continuing educational inequality in schools across New York, full funding is especially critical for making further progress toward closing the achievement gap as well. Providing students with every resource they need to be successful in school and after graduation is an obligation we have to all of our children.”

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.