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Schools Must Improve Translation Services, Says Immigrant Group

Half of New York City public school students speak a language other than English at home, but one group says translation services are lacking.

The New York Immigration Coalition has a basic goal for the city’s schools.

“We don’t want parents to be excluded from finding out how their children are doing and supporting their kids because they don’t speak English,” said Kim Sykes, the Coalition’s Senior Manager for Education Advocacy.

Arts Education in New York City Gets $23 Million Boost

The money is expected to affect thousands of kids in the next school year.

New York City Mayor De Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced on Tuesday an "unprecedented" $23 million is to be spent on arts education in the 2014-2015 school year. The money is part of the city budget for fiscal year 2014, which also began Tuesday.