Rally at Hawthorne County Day School calls for governor to sign 'tuition parity bill for special education'
Time is running out for the governor to sign a bill that would increase funding for nonprofit special-education providers.
A rally was held Tuesday at the Hawthorne Country Day School. Advocates, school administrators and parents called on the governor to sign the "tuition parity bill for special education."
It was unanimously passed during the last legislative session by the state Senate and Assembly and would increase funding for special-needs education, which administrators say is needed to retain certified teachers.
A recent survey shows New York special-education schools are experiencing a 33% turnover rate in teachers and a 33% vacancy rate in open positions.
"We have an obligation to provide appropriate education for every child. New York state is not following the law," says Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti.
Gov. Kathy Hochul has not called up the legislation. She has until Dec. 31 to act.
News 12 reached out to her office for comment and is waiting to hear back.