Increase funding for preschools and schools supporting students with disabilities
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Under the proposed New York State budget for 2017-2018, there are several key issues that can and will affect students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, their families, and the educators and staff supporting them every day. Some of these issues, if not addressed will force many organizations to severely cut their educational programs and services, or even close their doors. If this were to happen there would be no place for these individuals and families to turn to for services.
As New Yorkers, parents, advocates, and educators supporting students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we are asking the Governor, Senate, and Assembly to:
- Include $18 million to allow 853 schools and 4410 preschool (specialized schools for children with disabilities) providers to increase salaries for certified teachers so that they can attract and retain enough qualified teachers to provide a federally mandated "free and appropriate education" (FAPE) to children with the most significant disabilities.
- Include a 4% tuition increase for the 2017/18 school year for classroom based 4410 preschools and 853 school age special education approved programs.
- Add additional universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) seats.
If realized, these additions will help to ensure that all children have access to a quality education that supports them in realizing their full potential.
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