Statement on the Assembly and Senate One-House Budget Proposals:

“The increases in funding included in both the one-house budgets is critical to the continued success of our children. Likewise, authorizing our schools to have a fiscal reserve fund will allow our schools to prepare for and adapt to changes throughout the year, and funding proposed to invest in our workforce will help retain the qualified and skilled staff needed to provide the best education possible to our children.”

“Our 10 member schools thank the education committees and legislative leadership for recognizing the needs of our teachers, school campuses, and most importantly, our students. We look forward to continuing to work with our elected leaders to ensure the next generation of New York’s children with low-incidence disabilities receive the high-quality education and opportunities they deserve.”


Click here for the Association’s advocacy one-pager, which outlines requests for increased funding and support in the one-house budgets.

Dr. Bernadette Kappen is Co-Chair of the 4201 Schools Association, and Executive Director of the New York Institute for Special Education in the Bronx.

Mr. Timothy Kelly is Co-Chair of the 4201 Schools Association, and Superintendent of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo.

The 4201 Schools Association represents 10 schools serving children who are blind, deaf, and severely physically disabled. The schools are located in Erie, Monroe, Westchester, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. The schools support nearly 1,500 students from across New York and are nationally recognized for their expertise and achievement. Follow us on Twitter, @4201Schools and Facebook, @4201SchoolsAssociation.