Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers
February 3, 2011
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said:
The Mayor has threatened to lay off a quarter of the teaching force, but Governor Cuomo made it clear today that there is nothing in the proposed state budget that would require local layoffs.
The Governor’s planned cut to New York City schools amounts to about three percent of the school system’s budget. We have every confidence that Cathie Black, whose management skills the Mayor has repeatedly cited, will be able to manage a reduction like this without laying off teachers and raising class sizes.
If the Mayor continues to insist that cuts in Medicaid and education will lead to significant harm to the city, he should join us in demanding an extension of the millionaire’s tax, whose planned sunset will cost the state billions in lost revenue.