- New York Law School’s Safe Passage Project initiative, which assists immigrant children who are facing possible deportation with their immigration matters, was recently featured by NY Daily News. The article follows Ian, a 3 year old from Mexico, while he was in court, and discusses the assistance that Safe Passage provides to Ian and many other children. According to Professor Lenni Benson, founder of Safe Passage, over 12% of the more than 6,000 cases on New York’s immigration docket are juveniles. Many of these children are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. (NY Daily News)
2014-2015 State Budget Agreement
The State Legislature approved the 2014-2015 budget on March 29th, 2014. Included in the budget are important changes for the Family Court and Education. Some highlights include:
- The State Legislature approved the creation of 20 new Family Court Judgeships and allocated $5 million towards the Family Court Judgeship approval.
- The budget increased the amount of school aid by $1.1 billion, 70% of which will go towards high-needs school districts.
- The budget promoted the growth of charter schools by, among other things, providing for free space in public schools and also increased tuition funding for charter school students.
- The budget provided for $1.5 billion over 5 years for the State-Wide Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, including up to $300 million for New York City for 2014-15.
- The budget created a new scholarship fund which will provide a full scholarship to either SUNY or CUNY schools, offered to high school students who perform in the top 10th percentile and wish to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program and who will work in New York for 5 years.