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Mayor de Blasio speaks to children and parents about signing up for pre-K (Credit: CBS 2)

Mayor De Blasio Pitches Pre-K To Little League Parents In Brooklyn

Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging parents to sign their children up for pre-kindergarten next fall.

04/05/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio reads to children in a prekindergarten class at P.S. 130 in Manhattan on Feb. 25, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Mayor De Blasio Announces 4,200 Additional Pre-K Seats, Urges Parents to Enroll

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged parents to sign their children up for pre-kindergarten as he announced the addition of more than 4,200 brand new full-day pre-K seats across New York City.

04/02/2014

A prekindergarten class (file/credit: Getty Images)

Volunteers To Help Sandy-Ravaged Rockaways Facility Get Ready For Universal Pre-K

Work gets under way this week at the West End Temple to transform the ruins of Sandy into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s much talked about vision for pre-K.

03/31/2014

Charter School (credit: CBS 2)

Charter School Advocates Praise Budget Deal Between New York Leaders, Gov. Cuomo

The deal includes the first ever state funded universal pre-kindergarten program as well as new protections for charter schools.

03/29/2014

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

Lawmakers Hammering Out Deal On Pre-K Funding For N.Y. State Budget

New York state legislative leaders said Wednesday they were closing in on a deal to fund pre-kindergarten, and discussing a delay to Common Core academic standards as they tried to finalize budget bills this week.

03/26/2014

Charter Schools

Charter School Students Prepare To Rally Over Mayor’s Scrapped Plans

Pupils were preparing this weekend to rally in Albany, after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement this week to deny space to some charter schools.

03/01/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

De Blasio Addresses Income Inequality In 1st State Of The City Speech

In his State of the City at LaGuardia Community College in Queens on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he plans to ask state lawmakers next week for the power to raise the minimum wage.

02/10/2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his fourth State of the State address on January 8, 2014 in Albany. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Cuomo Unveils New York Budget Proposal, Announces State-Funded Universal Pre-K Plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed budgeting $137.2 billion for the fiscal year starting April 1, a spending increase of less than 2 percent accompanied by business, property and estate tax relief.

01/21/2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio

Cuomo Non-Committal On De Blasio’s Plan To Tax Wealthy New Yorkers For Universal Pre-K

De Blasio said he’d tax those making $500,000 or more to cover the cost of universal pre-K. Any tax would have to be approved by the state legislature and be signed by Gov. Cuomo.

11/12/2013

Bill de Blasio reads to kids at the Children's Aid Society, Sept. 30, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

De Blasio Pushes Plan To Raise Taxes On Top Wage Earners For Universal Pre-K

To implement the tax hike, the Democratic mayoral hopeful would have to get Albany’s approval, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Republican majority in the state senate.

09/30/2013

A nursery teacher reads to children at a private nursery school. (file/credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Some NYC Private Schools To Drop Entrance Exam Requirement

The Educational Records Bureau, which administers the test, defended it. It says having a uniform assessment was in the best interest of the children and schools.

09/20/2013

Classroom (credit: Clipart.com)

Public Advocate Says There Is A Shortage Of Pre-K Seats In NYC Schools

Of the 68,000 children eligible for full-day Pre-K in New York City, only 20,000 receive it, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

03/04/2013