Now that the mayor has unveiled his latest city budget for the upcoming fiscal year,the question of whether or not there will be teacher layoffs again becomes a very critical issue.
The mayor is insisting that there will have to be more than 4,600 teacher layoffs,with an additional 1,500 teachers leaving via attrition.
Yet our UFT president Michael Mulgrew argues that there will be no need for these layoffs, based on the budget from the state that governor Cuomo has already has unveiled.
Why are we hearing divergent comments from the mayor and our UFT president regarding the layoff issue? Let's stop playing cat and mouse with this very serious issue.
Teachers are so very vital to our school system-there should not be any layoffs. These layoffs will
certainly strain an already overburdened public school system, and it will have such negative impact on student instruction.
The mayor, schools chancellor and the UFT president need to work together to bring about a fair and equitable resolution to this looming issue which will have absolute negative consequences, should it
actually be implemented.
Our children deserve a teacher in every classroom,and every teacher who works hard to advance education in our classrooms deserves to have a job. We teachers work very hard to provide the best education for our students.
Please do not compromise education in New York City public schools.