The governor put in 3 percent more for education funding in his budget. President of New York State United Teachers Andy Pallotta joined Capital Tonight on Wednesday to say it isn’t enough — he called it a “far cry from what we need.”
Pallotta also discussed NYSUT’s trip to different school districts to find what they were missing due to what he says is the “underfunding” of schools. He says they were asking for things like social workers, not luxury items.
Pallotta wants to see the state raising revenue, and thinks the solution lies in having millionaires and billionaires “pay their fair share” through a millionaires tax proposal. While it could be tough in an election year, he says what’s really tough is being in a school where there isn’t enough social workers, educators, and equipment.