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  • NYC’s education budget could drop by $960M next year under mayor’s proposal

    Apr 26, 2023

    Mayor Eric Adams outlines his budget proposal for next fiscal year, with cuts to the education department.
    Michael Appleton / Mayoral Photography Office

    Chalkbeat NY | The mayor’s budget received a mixed reception from advocates, union officials, and budget experts. Kim Sweet, executive director at the nonprofit Advocates for Children, praised the funding for shelter coordinators, but raised alarms about broader spending cuts — including to a program that provides extra mental health services to students at 50 high-need high schools, and another that provides free child care for undocumented families.

    “We are concerned that the Mayor is proposing to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from our City’s schools at a time when there are so many unmet needs,” Sweet said in a statement, including high rates of chronic absenteeism and shortages in services for students with disabilities.