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Support language in the 2014-15 NYS Budget to extend annual school aid growth to tuition rates for Special Act Public School Districts and 853 Schools serving school age students with disabilities.

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      Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies

For 4 years, school age special education providers were given a 0% growth.  Over those 4 years, school age special education schools have experienced significant fiscal stress.  Last year, the Division of the Budget and the New York State Education Department approved a 3% growth on only direct care costs.  This was a positive first step, but a long term solution to the tuition rate methodology is needed. 

After many discussions with stakeholder groups, the New York State Board of Regents  approved a set of administrative and statutory reforms to help reform the tuition rate methodology and resolve the unresponsive, inflexible, unpredictable and inequitable factors inherent in the tuition rate. 

In providing a “free appropriate public education” to all students, New York invests in a diverse array of programs to serve the unique educational needs of the state's most vulnerable, traumatized, disabled and marginalized youth.   Special Act Public School Districts and 853 not-for-profit schools provide education and related services to school-age students who for many reasons are unable to be served by either the local public school or BOCES.  These schools are specifically designed to meet the intense needs of students placed by the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, developmental disabilities and special education systems. This continuum provides students with disabilities with severe behavioral, emotional, educational or physical challenges both day and residential options to meet their individual educational and therapeutic needs.

In order to implement lasting reform, language must be added to the 2014-15 New York State Budget to  establish an annual tuition growth index tied to the same investment provided to school aid.

To:
New York Governor
New York State Senate
New York State House
Support language in the 2014-15 NYS Budget to extend annual school aid growth to tuition rates for Special Act Public School Districts and 853 Schools serving school age students with disabilities.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      • 3 months ago

      teacher in a residential school, took over a 50% loss in pay to teach this population.

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    • rose lavacca DOVER PLAINS, NY
      • 3 months ago

      So many students who have these learning disabilities fall between the cracks and never get the full advantage this United States can give them. We need to worry about our kids here in the U.S.

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    • Julianne Slayden SLATERVILLE SPRINGS, NY
      • 5 months ago

      As a mother of two children who attend a special education/day treatment program at our tri-county BOCES, this issue is *very* important to our family. While we're fortunate to have a program that is able to serve the needs of my sons in this area, I know that there are too many families in New York state that do not. It is absolutely vital for these families to have access to the programs outlined in the Special Act in order to have their issues/needs met, and this cannot be done without adequate funding. Providers of these programs deserve to have that in order to help their students meet their potential.

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    • Antoinette Sumter Cotman SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY
      • 6 months ago

      I have children in these schools

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    • Seth Frisch RYDAL, PA
      • 6 months ago

      Because the children need our help and support. Is there anything more important than that?

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