Schools for the deaf and blind are taking a victory lap this week after the approved $132.5 billion budget restored about $100 million in funding, rather than shift that cost to local school districts.

The schools, known as 4201 schools, serve high-needs children at 11 centers around the state.

“For nearly 200 years, the state has supported the education of some of New York’s most vulnerable children. Today, we know that the Governor and the legislature are committed to providing certainty and clarity for our students and families,” said Dr. Harold Mowl, Chairman of the 4201 Schools Association, and Superintendent of the Rochester School for the Deaf.

The cut was originally intended to reduce the per-pupil costs at the centers, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget office said was as high as $93,000 per student. The proposal resulted in a rally at the Capitol protesting the cuts.

Instead, the budget agreement includes a new process for determining tuition costs at the schools. The 4201 Schools Association said in a statement that Cuomo was still invited to visit one of their facilities.

“I encourage Governor Cuomo and each and every member of the legislature to visit our schools. They will witness students meeting challenges head-on, observe classroom interaction, and leave with a knowledge that every child deserves an opportunity to lead a fulfilling, independent, productive life,” Mowl said.