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  • AFC, Members of the ARISE Coalition, and PIE Call for Increased Funding for School Accessibility in the 2019 City budget

    Members of the ARISE Coalition, which is coordinated by AFC, and Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE) wrote to Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council, urging them to ensure that the final FY 2019 budget includes the City Council’s recommendation for an additional $125 million for school accessibility projects.

    May 15, 2018

    Young girl wearing glasses and a brown dress and using a walker. (Photo by Ortopediatri Çocuk Ortopedi Akademisi on Unsplash)
    Photo by Ortopediatri Çocuk Ortopedi Akademisi on Unsplash

    The 2015-2019 Capital Plan allocates only $100 million over five years for improving school accessibility and $28 million for ensuring that a number of schools can serve as accessible emergency shelters. Together, that represents less than one percent of the total funding in the Plan. Furthermore, the City has already spent the vast majority of this funding, leaving little, if any, funding for accessibility projects in the coming year. New York City cannot be the “fairest big city in America” until students, families, and teachers with physical disabilities have equitable access to the City’s schools.

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