November 08, 2023

NYSUT statement on passage of Proposition 1 to support small city school districts

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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Yesterday, New Yorkers went to the polls and by a massive 65% to 35% voted YES on Proposition 1 to remove small city school districts from special debt limitation.

NYSUT President Melinda Person released the following statement on voter support of Proposition 1:

New York has spoken and Proposition 1 has passed! This is a win for equality and opportunity for over 200,000 students in New York’s small city school districts.

Thanks to all the NYSUT members who turned out to vote. When we come together, we make strong public schools that are the centers of our communities.


Proposition 1: Fairness for small city students, communities. Learn more about NYSUT's call for New Yorkers to support Proposition 1 and increased equity for small city school districts this year. This letter, co-written by NYSUT President Melinda Person and more state education leaders, appeared in in Oct. 19 edition of the Lockport Union Sun and Journal.


Why are New York's educators excited about the passage of Prop 1? Well, for one: it's because they believe in fairness! Albany Public School Teachers Association President Laura Franz explains how impactful the passage of Proposition 1 will be on small city school districts, ensuring that every student has access to opportunities.

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with nearly 700,000 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.