New York City mayor Bill de Blasio recently proposed a $300 million increase for special education services for the city’s fiscal year 2020 budget. The announcement came via Mayor De Blasio’s preliminary budget proposal released on February 7.
It is anticipated that the bulk of the funding would go towards teachers and paraprofessionals to implement programs focused on special education—such as bilingual programs and programs for children with autism spectrum disorder. To date, however, no specifics on how the money will be spent have been officially announced. The proposed $300 million comes even in light of the city’s economic uncertainty, as well as Mayor De Blasio’s request for agencies—including the city’s education department—to cut their spending by $750 million by April of this year.
As New York City’s 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio is committed to fighting the income inequality that has created a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ across the five boroughs. Mayor de Blasio believes all New Yorkers deserve a chance to succeed—meaning that every child gets a quality education, every community is safe, and every New Yorker has an affordable place to call home.
This was reported by Chalkbeat on February 8, 2019.
Contact Information: Mayor Bill de Blasio, City hall, New York, New York 10007; (212) 639-9675; Website: www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor