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Elected Officials Fight to Protect 'CUNY Prep' Program

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Elected officials are fighting to protect a program that helps high school dropouts get back on track.

CUNY Prep helps teens earn their GEDs and enroll in college classes, but the mayor's preliminary budget would cut $900,000 from the program and force its closure.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Councilman James Vacca of the Bronx showed their support on a tour of the Bronx campus.

"When you hear the stories of these students and how this program has helped them, you know we're doing something right here at CUNY Prep," Vacca said. "This is a program that services our kids in the Bronx facing almost insurmountable issues, but we've been able to help them overcome."

The City Council has proposed restoring funds to the program in their budget, which would enable the program to stay open.

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