New York State leaders came to an agreement in early April on the FY 2021-2022 State Budget, which included sustained funding for the Association’s 10 member schools.

A summary of the major provisions in the new State Budget that support the 4201 schools follows. 

  • $93.7 million for the support of students attending state supported schools for the blind and deaf and other students with disabilities.
  • An additional $10.2 million is available for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • An additional $2.0 million for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • The $30 million in capital funding for health and safety projects enacted in 2019 is re-appropriated, as well as the remaining funds under the Smart Schools program.
  • The new budget includes an additional $30 million in capital funding for the 4201 Schools.

The 4201 Schools Association is grateful for the state’s ongoing support of our 10 member schools, specifically the sustained funding and resources included by the Senate, Assembly and Executive Chamber in the FY 2021-2022 state budget agreement. 

This COVID-19 pandemic made this past year a challenging one, especially for New York’s blind, deaf, and severely physically disabled children. We are thankful for all the essential teachers and staff who have continued to go above and beyond to make sure students receive a high-quality education.

With the passing of this state budget, our elected leaders have recognized how important it is to invest in the next generation of New Yorkers. The state’s investments in key school resources and infrastructure will support the efforts of our hard-working teachers and staff as they provide the best education possible, and in a learning environment that is most suitable to meet the needs of our children.

Together, we will ensure academic opportunity is accessible to everyone.