Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans to include a historic $240 million increase in investment for approved private schools serving children with disabilities in her upcoming 2022-2023 Executive Budget. Governor Hochul also signed a package of legislation to increase resources and support for students with disabilities, their families, and social services providers.

“This historic investment in schools serving students with disabilities, along with four bills I am signing into law, will make a huge difference in the lives of students, families, and schools in every corner of New York,” Governor Hochul said. “Throughout my time in office, I’ve made it a priority to listen to the disability community and provide the resources and support they need to thrive. People with disabilities have my commitment: as your governor, I’ll always stand by your side and fight for you.”

“Special education students and their families have been waiting a long time to be heard and supported,” Senator Simcha Felder told Yidinfo. “This is wonderful news, and I am so thankful to Govornor Hochul!”

In response to the funding announcement, Joel Petlin, Superintendent of the Kiryas Joel School District, tweeted, “A much needed, common-sense approach that values in-person educational services. The unintended consequences of remote instruction had a devastating effect on children, especially students with disabilities. Covid zero is unattainable. Health policies need to accept reality.”

Following the 4 percent cost-of-living adjustment approved for the 2021-2022 school year tuition rates, the New York State Division of the Budget will authorize an additional cost-of-living adjustment of 11 percent for the 2022-2023 school year – an increase of more than 15 percent over two years. The 2022-23 cost-of-living adjustment will increase preschool and school-age special education providers’ annual funding by more than $240 million, with the State ultimately reimbursing school districts and counties for roughly 60% of this cost.

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