CSA President Mark Cannizzaro Offers Testimony at NYC Council Commitee on Education’s Budget Hearing
CSA President Mark Cannizzaro offered testimony at the NYC Council Committee on Education’s budget hearing on March 20, once again advocating that all schools be fully funded according the Fair Student Formula and that the formula’s flaws must be addressed.
“Underfunded schools typically lack reduced size classes for students that need academic intervention services, enrichment programs, arts programs and technology,” Mr. Cannizzaro said. “In addition, there are safety concerns. They typically have fewer assistant principals, fewer deans and other behavioral specialists, fewer school aids, fewer counselors and mental health professionals.”
Mr. Cannizzaro thanked the council for their generosity in supporting professional development through the Executive Leadership Institute and asked for an increase in funding for further workshops on social emotional learning, creating LGBTQ inclusive environments, and bullying.
School safety was a frequent topic of conversation throughout the hearing, and earlier in the day, Councilman Mark Treyger, the chairman of the Education Committee, had pressed Chancellor Carranza about the delay in a new agreement between the DOE and NYPD regarding the role of safety agents in city schools. Mr. Treyger asked Mr. Cannizzaro to share his thoughts on whether principals should ultimately evaluate the performance of safety agents.
“We have a terrific relationship with Commissioner Garcia and Chief Beltran, both in charge of school safety and security, and meet with them on a monthly basis,” he responded. “The department of education needs to bring together CSA, UFT, and Local 237 President Gregory Floyd into the same room to have these conversations.”