Education advocates angry class size referendum will not be on ballot

Education advocates are outraged that voters will not be able to have a say on class size.

With overcrowding a major problem in the Bronx and city, members of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) had been fighting to get the proposition on class size limits on the November ballot. But last week the state's highest court upheld a lower ruling that keeps the class size proposal off the ballot. Now, members of the UFT and education advocates are blaming Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Randi Weingarten, president of the UFT, says the mayor has done everything in his power to stop the voters from having an opportunity to vote on whether a commission should be formed to look at limiting class sizes in the Bronx and city.

Mayor Bloomberg says the referendum violated city law. He says the city went to court to enforce the law and that's exactly what it should do.

Even though Election Day is just a week away, education advocates are still hoping that the mayor will change his mind about having the referendum on the ballot.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."