Special-needs students march against proposed budget cuts

THE BRONX - Hundreds of special-needs students, their parents and teachers from The Bronx sent a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) today as they rallied against his proposed budget cuts.

With handmade signs and T-shirts, activists from the Lavelle School for the Blind, the New York Institute for Special Education and St. Joseph's School for the Deaf came together to march down East Tremont Avenue.

Protesters say the governor's budget would shut down their schools and force disabled students to transfer to regular public school classrooms.

School officials say their budget right now is around $118 million and that $98 million could be cut. Students say they will continue fighting for their schools until the budget deadline on April 1.

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