New York – Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan accepted the John Dewey Friend of Education award Saturday from the United Federation of Teachers for her efforts to reduce class size and her advocacy for the students of New York and the teachers who work with them.
UFT President, Randi Weingarten presented the award to Ms. Nolan at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference and Gala Luncheon held at the New York Hilton Hotel.
“One lawmaker stands above the rest in the help she gave us on the class size issue. Way before others were ready to grapple with the hard question of how to use the CFE money, the chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Cathy Nolan, who also happens to be a proud NYC public school parent, sponsored a bill to use a chunk of that money to reduce class size”, said Ms. Weingarten in her speech.
Ms. Nolan is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education and sponsored legislation requiring New York City to prepare a Contract for Excellence that includes a plan to reduce average class sizes within five years in certain grades and low performing, overcrowded schools.
Assemblywoman Nolan told the group she was honored to receive the award and looked forward to working with them in the future to achieve the goal of providing all New York City public school students with the best education available.