UFT to ‘review’ changes to city budget after Adams restores some funding for schools

In late December, right before city schools closed for the holiday break, the United Federation of Teachers announced it was filing a lawsuit against Mayor Eric Adams, the city, and the New York State Education Department over nearly $2 billion in budget cuts for New York City public schools.

City schools had already faced a $547 million cut back in November, and two more 5% reductions were planned for the education budget in the coming months. The lawsuit alleged the cuts went against a New York State law that prevents “education funding from the temptation of local officials to deprioritize education” and requires “that the City maintain its funding of education at the same level as the prior year and that state funds be used to supplement, not supplant, local funding.”