Restored funding for education and higher education in particular is a crucial investment for economic development and jobs growth, said NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi.
"We thank the leaders in Albany for recognizing the need for the revenue to adequately support education," he said, "and we thank NYSUT members who answered the call to action. Public education is the engine that drives the economy and will create the New York we all want and deserve. We await a budget that reflects that commitment."
In addition to the main components of the agreement, detailed in the Special Briefing you received Tuesday, NYSUT lobbyists succeeded in adding language to the agreement that ensures BOCES, 4201 and Special Act schools in the eight-county New York City metro region will gain from an easement of the MTA tax. Also, schools will now be eligible for part of the flood relief funding that was included.