Thank You for Funding the Future of Our Schools

This week the InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC) shared a call to action. At stake was a proposed 3.1% budget increase for preschools like JFTN that offer special education services (4401 schools). Though the increase may seem small, we knew it could have a big impact on improving services for preschool students.

We asked you — our students’ family members, our staff and our partners in advocacy — to call your Assembly Members. Thanks to your efforts we reached our goal of 50 signatures from the Democratic conference. These letters show strong support for fiscal increases for 853 and 4410 schools.

We’re grateful to each of you who picked up the phone to ensure that students get the financial support they deserve. We also thank Senator John J. Flanagan, Assembly Members Cathy Nolan, Shelley Mayer, Ed Ra, and the many Republican Senators who showed early support of the initiative.

It’s been six years since schools have seen a budget increase. Your efforts this week will safeguard essential services for students and help prevent school closures in the months to come. Thank you.