NYSUT President Melinda Person released the following statement today in response to Gov. Kathy Hochul's speech and proposed 2024 agenda:
“The governor’s State of the State message is a welcome affirmation of her commitment to invest in our public schools, students and educators. NYSUT shares her powerful goals of addressing barriers to authentic learning, including increasing access to vital student mental health support, protecting kids from harmful impacts of social media and fighting to end childhood poverty.
We appreciate her appetite for building on the historic full funding of Foundation Aid and are excited that her vision recognizes that our schools and communities prosper when we offer educators the tools and professional training they need to build healthy classrooms and sustainable careers.
NYSUT looks forward to working with the governor and the Legislature to craft a state budget that ensures our students and educators, from pre-K to postgraduate, have the resources and support they need for success.”
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.