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The “Dignity in Schools” called for the city to put millions toward restorative justice and mental health programs, while diverting money away from school policing.

Advocates celebrated Wednesday’s news, but warned it does nothing to reverse the massive cuts already coming from previous reductions, along with expiring federal aid.

En octubre, al menos 90,000 beneficios de comida seguían sin utilizarse en la ciudad de Nueva York, un total de por lo menos $35 millones en fondos sin usar.

The Education Department will face more than $100 million in new cuts starting next fiscal year, on top of the $600 million in cuts announced in November.

Her support for mayoral control follows heavy critique from New York City educators at a series of recent public hearings.

Following an outcry from school staffers and advocates over the planned cuts, Education Department spokesperson Nathaniel Styer said earlier this week “​​we can confirm that there are no school-based cuts happening to D75.”

It is the second legal challenge from a municipal union in the last two weeks seeking to stop the cuts.

The cuts would gut extracurricular programming, thin out supply budgets, and exacerbate an already severe paraprofessional shortage, staffers from four District 75 schools told Chalkbeat.

The change comes just weeks after Comptroller Brad Lander warned the city’s school funding formula would deny millions from schools serving homeless students.

New York City’s Board of Education Retirement System stands alone among the city’s five pension funds in not automatically enrolling eligible members in a pension plan.

The city’s decision to base funding allocations on last year’s homeless student data would exclude about 21,000 newcomers, Lander said.

The cuts will affect universal preschool, wraparound services in community schools, and a popular summer school program.

About 915,000 children are enrolled in the city’s public schools, nearly 1% more than last year.