Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging parents to sign their children up for pre-kindergarten next fall.
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.
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.
The deal includes the first ever state funded universal pre-kindergarten program as well as new protections for charter schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.