Teachers Union Looking Forward to a "Friend" in Mayor's Office

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Gotham School's editor Philissa Cramer told WNYC that the United Federation of Teachers was looking forward to shaping the city's education policies in partnership with the new mayor, after years of antagonism with the current administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

She said the union was expected to endorse a mayoral candidate in mid-June.

First, though, UFT's president, Michael Mulgrew, must survive the election of union leadership. He faced dissension in the ranks during a turbulent chapter in the teaching profession and New York City schools but he's widely expected to win re-election.

Vote tallies should be announced later today.

Hear the full interview above by clicking on play. And make sure to read the series, "State of the Union," done in partnership with the Hechinger Report.