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  • Advocates: NYC budget makes great strides, but more is needed

    May 7, 2024

    Public News Service | In recent weeks, funding was restored to certain education programs such as shelter-based community coordinators. They helped more than 40,000 city students living in temporary housing. Funding for school psychologists and social workers was also restored.

    Randi Levine, policy director at Advocates for Children of New York, said other programs need to be saved.

    “Funding is running out for the Mental Health Continuum, which is a program that provides students in 50 schools with access to expedited mental health care, and is very important especially when we have a youth mental health crisis,” Levine asserted.

    Other programs facing cuts include restorative-justice practices which help schools reduce suspension. The budget’s feedback has been mixed considering many programs will stay, although some could still be cut. Although the programs began using short-term funding, Levine feels their lasting effects in a post-pandemic world make them a permanent necessity.