Testimony of Michelle Kraus, Manager of Social Work and Intake Services, NYLPI, to the New York City Council’s Committee on Education 

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Testimony of Michelle Kraus, Manager of Social Work and Intake Services On behalf of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest  to the New York City Council’s Committee on Education 

March 18, 2024, FY25 Preliminary Budget Hearing 

Honorable Members of the City Council Education Committee: 

My name is Michelle Kraus, and I am the manager of social work and intake services for the  Disability Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). I thank  Chairwoman Joseph and the Education Committee members for allowing me to present  testimony at this hearing. As a social worker engaged largely in special education matters, I work with parents whose children have disabilities and are students in the New York City  educational system. I often hear about these students’ challenges, and I want to highlight the  urgent need for an enhanced understanding of the challenges by the New York City Department  of Education (DOE) and the need to provide specialized support and resources.

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