We have a summary of the latest on the parent-teacher lawsuit to try to get the City Council to take a second vote to hopefully eliminate school budget cuts.
This is from from City & State:
In a setback to New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ ongoing defense of his school budget, a Manhattan judge on Friday vacated the city’s spending plan for the Department of Education, ordering the City Council and Adams’ office to pass a new, amended budget.
Judge Lyle Frank’s decision in Manhattan Supreme Court sided with the educators and parents who sued the city, arguing that state law was violated when the council voted on the overall city budget without having the education budget first approved by the Panel for Education Policy. The suit comes on the heels of a long, bitter fight and casts further uncertainty on how much money individual schools will have to spend with students set to return to classrooms in September.
“Students, teachers, and parents need finalized budgets to ensure they are on track for a smooth opening next month,” a City hall spokesperson wrote in a statement provided to City & State. “We are disappointed in the judge’s ruling, and will be taking immediate steps to appeal.” Sure enough, an attorney for the city’s Law Department filed a notice of appeal Friday morning. The City Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The City of New York was named as a defendant in the suit, along with the Department of Education and Schools Chancellor David Banks.
Here is great coverage of yesterday's court action and rally from Leonie Haimson.
One never knows how an appeal will go but Adams should lose because the law says the Panel for Educational Policy needs to vote on the education budget before the City Council and tbat didn't happen. A phony emergency is not a very strong argument.
I think this whole drawn out battle by the mayor to cut school funding no matter the costs shows beyond any doubt (not that there was much doubt before) that teachers and the Union are not working with a pro-public education mayoral administration.
Many including Michael Mulgrew warned about Adams when he was running in the Democratic primary for mayor. Adams was funded by pro charter enemies of public education. Mulgrew then reversed position after Adams won the primary and endorsed Adams for the general election. What exactly did that get us? Adams bringing in Bloomberg era Dan Weisberg as First Deputy Chancellor just confirmed that this was not going to be a pro-teacher leadership. This drawn out battle to cut school budgets should not be a surprise.
A real union would now urgently be planning to mobilize for what could be a very difficult year ahead with a contract expiring next month. The UFT is up against a mayor who is going to such great lengths to cut school budgets. You think he's going to be negotiating a contract with favorable terms for UFTers in particular or City workers as a whole? I did get news that the UFT did send a few people to the rally yesterday against the cuts. That's about the best we can expect I guess.