NYSUT President Melinda Person released the following statement in response to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2024 executive budget proposal:
"We share the governor's ambitious vision for public schools that invests in addressing student mental health, expanding professional opportunities for educators, and enhancing our approach to teaching reading.
Particularly in fulfilling the state’s promise to fully fund Foundation Aid, the governor has been clear she wants our public schools, colleges, universities and hospitals to be as strong as possible and to position New York as an economic and innovation powerhouse.
The Foundation Aid formula is how we determine what resources our schools need. We're concerned that the executive budget proposal includes modifications to the formula to reduce School Aid costs. The critical need to consistently support our students and educators should not vary with the fluctuations in our state tax revenue.
We know this proposal is just the start of the budget process, and we are happy to work with the governor and Legislature to ensure that the state can continue to completely fund the education opportunities that New York’s students deserve.”
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.