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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Visits RIT/NTID

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Published on Jan 22, 2014

Sen. Schumer visited RIT to officially announce increased federal funding for NTID

More than $4 million in funding will help offset cuts from last year's sequestration

Schumer, D-N.Y., applauded the work done educating its students and the success of more than 7,000 NTID graduates throughout the nation, calling it "well known as the nation's best school" for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

This year's federal budget allocates $66.29 million for NTID, an increase of $4.29 million. That increase is critical for NTID, which last year dealt with a cut of $3.4 million due to the federal sequestration. The majority of NTID's funding comes from Congress, so to cope with the reduction, NTID instituted a hiring freeze as well as a voluntary retirement program.

The additional finding will allow NTID to keep employment stable and maintain programs it offers its students, said Schumer and NTID President Gerry Buckley. This year, 1,432 students from across the U.S. and beyond are enrolled in NTID or receive support services from the college while enrolled in other colleges of RIT. NTID will also be able to purchase innovative technology and renovate outdated facilities with the funding.

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