Following the passage of the New York State Budget, 4201 Schools Association Chair Dr. Bernadette Kappen said, “We are so pleased that Governor Hochul and our representatives in the State Legislature continue to see the importance of providing investments to help meet the needs of blind, deaf, and physically disabled students served by New York’s 4201 Schools. The restoration and investment of essential funding in the FY 2024 State Budget will help to ensure that our children are provided the same learning environment, opportunities, and experience as every other child in New York State. Elected leaders in the Senate and Assembly showed up for our schools in a big way this year. We are incredibly grateful for their commitment to our students and teachers, and for taking every opportunity to express their support for us throughout the course of this year’s budget process. 

We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in state government to ensure that our students, and the staff and teachers who support them every day, have access to the resources they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond.” 

The 4201 Schools Association represents 11 schools located in Erie, Monroe, Westchester, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. The schools serve nearly 1,400 students who are blind, deaf, and severely physically disabled across New York State, and are nationally recognized for their expertise and achievement. Learn more at, and @4201Schools on Twitter and Facebook.