State Budget Adds $4.6 million for 2016-17.

Students receiving specialized instruction at 11 schools serving the blind, deaf and severely disabled will receive an additional $4.6 million in education funding for the 2016-17 school year under an agreement forged by Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature.

The schools, known for their high-level of achievement and cutting edge instruction, have worked along with key advocates year-round to familiarize state policy officials and lawmakers about the challenges facing their students and the academic and operational needs of each of the schools. Member-schools are located in Erie, Monroe, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as the City of New York.

“It is our goal to ensure that those with an interest in our work have the opportunity to visit our campuses, visit with our families, observe our teachers, and see our students soar,” said Dr. Bernadette Kappen, 4201 Schools Association chairwoman and executive director of the New York Institute for Special Education in the Bronx. “We are pleased that those visits are remembered and our work is endorsed by our many champions. Many thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for their support , and thanks to the staunch and vocal advocacy of their colleagues.”

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The 4201 Schools Association represents 11 private, state-supported schools that serve blind, deaf or severely physically disabled students. The statewide group known collectively as 4201 Schools is an identity tied to a section of state education law connecting achievement-oriented programs with long histories and outstanding outcomes.

Students in 4201 schools receive a quality education in a supportive and challenging setting from teachers and staff with specialized training and experience. Students develop emotional, social and cognitive abilities that are crucial to their success. Our schools also provide extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities and mentoring.