Ra Honored With Prestigious Merit Award From 4201 Schools Association

July 26, 2017

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) receiving the 2017 Award of Merit from Dr. Bernadette Happen, Chairwoman of the 4201 Schools Association

Since he was elected to the state Legislature Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) has worked to provide equitable funding for schools that serve all types of student needs. Monday, his dedication was awarded by the 4201 Schools of New York State with the 2017 Award of Merit. The mission of 4201 schools is to enhance and advocate for the education of students with low-incidence disabilities, which include blind and deaf students. There are currently nine private state supported 4201 schools in New York State.

“It is a great honor to receive an award from such a dedicated and important organization who commits themselves to the education and mentoring of disabled, blind and deaf students,” Ra said. “Over the last several years we have seen education funding increased throughout New York, but many of the facilities that educate disabled deaf and blind students are too often forgotten. I am determined to make sure that these institutions and students are not only recognized, but also funded equitably”.

“I would like to thank the 4201 Schools of New York State for honoring me and recognizing my efforts to champion such an important cause,” said Ra. “This organization along with the dedicated teachers, faculty and staff provide an environment that makes our most vulnerable students thrive and I am deeply humbled and honored to be recognized by such a hardworking and dedicated organization”.

Ra held a press conference in February with lawmakers from across the aisle calling for equitable funding for 853, 4201 and 4410 schools. Ra was joined by a host of other advocates.