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    Mar 18, 2024

    City Council education chair Rita Joseph sounded the alarm on initiatives buttressed by sunsetting federal dollars.
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    Politico – New York City lawmakers want answers on how Mayor Eric Adams’ education officials plan to save programs financed by soon-to-be-expired federal stimulus money. And they’re not letting up on his proposed rollbacks to prekindergarten.

    City Council education chair Rita Joseph — who’s holding a budget hearing this morning — sounded the alarm on initiatives buttressed by sunsetting federal dollars. There are many, but to name a few: preschool special education and 3K classes, 100 shelter-based community coordinators who help students living in shelters, 60 school psychologists, bilingual staff and 450 school social workers. (Some are also at risk of reductions due to the expiration of one-year city funding and more than $700 million in education budget cuts.)

    Randi Levine of the nonprofit Advocates for Children of New York said: “We’re at risk of thousands and thousands of students losing important services and programs so this is the time for elected leaders to step up.”

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