BX school for the blind jeopardized by budget cuts

The futures of nearly a dozen special education schools around the state are uncertain as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) new spending plan threatens to move

THE BRONX - The futures of nearly a dozen special education schools around the state are uncertain as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) new spending plan threatens to move funding elsewhere.

Lavelle School for the Blind on Paulding Avenue in the Bronx is one of 11 schools now on the chopping block. If the governor's budget is enacted, funding and students would instead be funneled into local school districts.

Lavelle administrators say the transition to public schools would be especially difficult for their blind students, who gain independence at the school by mastering tasks like using a microwave.

Gov. Cuomo's budget will not be enacted until it is approved by state lawmakers. In the meantime, students, parents and faculty from Lavelle say they?re fighting to keep their school open.

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