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AFC Submits Testimony on the 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposal

01.28.2014 | Today Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, submitted testimony for the New York State Education Budget Hearing. In her testimony, Kim Sweet applauds the Governor’s call to make pre-kindergarten truly universal, but points out that the funding in the budget proposal is insufficient to reach this goal. As a result, she calls on the Legislature to support Mayor de Blasio’s plan to expand pre-kindergarten rapidly in New York City. “Children have only one opportunity to go to preschool,” she states. “With the harder Common Core standards and higher expectations for children at every grade level, we cannot afford to wait any longer.” She also makes recommendations regarding the Governor’s preschool special education reform, special education waiver, after-school, and anti-discrimination proposals. View the full testimony