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AFC Response to Fair Student Funding Announcement

04.25.2018 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson regarding the increase in funding for Fair Student Funding: 

We are pleased that the City is allocating an additional $125 million to 854 high-needs schools through Fair Student Funding.  Before the budget process concludes, the City must also increase funding for targeted supports for students who are currently being left behind and ensure funding is used to provide systemic solutions.  Only targeted investments will ensure that students living in shelters get the support of social workers to get to school every day and receive needed counseling, that students with behavioral challenges get direct mental health services and school staff trained in collaborative problem solving to help them stay in school, that kindergarten through sixth grade students placed in foster care get bus service so they do not have to transfer schools mid-year, and that students with physical disabilities have accessible schools so they are not sent far outside their neighborhoods because they cannot get in the doors of their local schools.

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