Nearly 22,000 families applied for seats in the expanded New York City pre-kindergarten program in the first day of the new registration period Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced.
Civil liberties groups are already objecting to the plan, which would take effect next fall, saying allowing a prayer break in a publicly funded classroom may violate the constitutional separation of church and state.
Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted streams of prekindergarten students Thursday on the first day of his ambitious expansion of early childhood education.
Officials getting ready for a massive expansion in the city’s prekindergarten enrollment were spending the last day before school starts finishing inspections of every single facility.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday urged parents of 4-year-olds in New York City to apply for universal prekindergarten by this week’s deadline — even if they’ve already applied.
New York City’s first Democratic mayor in a generation reflected on his first 100 days in office, largely downplaying middling poll numbers.
The New York State Assembly has passed a $140 billion election-year budget that funds statewide prekindergarten and provides tax relief to homeowners and corporations.
Two months into his administration Mayor Bill de Blasio finds himself at odds with New Yorkers on a whole host of issues — from education to horse-drawn carriages.
As the push for universal prekindergarten in New York state makes headlines nearly every day, some residents outside New York City are wondering if state leaders are getting ahead of themselves.
De Blasio, in an MSNBC interview Monday, said he’s open to an alternative source, but wants a “verifiable” city funding stream for $530 million annually for five years, and he hasn’t seen it yet.