New York State funds preschool special education differently than school-age programs. This year, the governor is trying to make up for lost time by granting an 11% raise; however, the increase does not address the real problem: the methodology used to create the rate preschool programs receive.
Stakeholders advocated for a methodology that supports the needs of students, staff and real costs. The state Department of Education recommended the elimination of reconciliation and put forward proposals for a new methodology. While stakeholders and the state Department of Education are aligned and understand the needs of students with special needs, the State Budget Division remains the roadblock.