Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
Bloomberg and Weingarten Lobby for Education
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
New York, NY —
As state lawmakers meet on the budget, Mayor Bloomberg and teachers union president Randi Weingarten went to Albany today to lobby for education money. The two met with the governor, as well as Assembly and Senate leaders.
Weingarten called school aid a "lifeline" to city students and to the long-term economy. The mayor said he recognizes that the governor and legislators need to think about the whole state, but said he wants to make sure budget cuts aren't taken out on city schools in an unfair way.
Governor Paterson announced yesterday that the state's budget deficit has grown by another $2 billion, to $16 billion in the coming fiscal year. Meanwhile, federal guidelines for how states should distribute education funds in the stimulus package will be released early next week.