New York City Department of Education, New York
New York City Department of Education publishes annual budgets on its website.
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Mayor de Blasio's preschool expansion plan
One of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) primary campaign planks in 2013 was the establishment of free, full-day prekindergarten to help low-income families. His initial proposal financed the expansion by raising taxes on high-income city residents. On March 29, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders in the New York State Legislature reached an agreement on the state budget. The budget included $300 million in funding for the New York City prekindergarten expansion, but it did not use Mayor de Blasio's tax plan to finance the expenditures. The funding was also less than the $340 million requested by the city, and the budget included a requirement for the New York City government to allocate space in public school buildings or to pay a share of the overhead expenses for charter schools on private land in the city, which Mayor de Blasio had previously fought. He still celebrated the announcement, arguing that it was "an extraordinary and historic step forward for New York City. [...] It’s clearly the resources we need to create full-day pre-K for every child in this city. That’s what we set out to do."
The city intends to enroll approximately 53,000 full-day preschool children during the 2014-2015 school year. Before the expansion, the city had facilities for approximately 20,000 full-day preschool students. Center for Children's Initiatives Executive Director Nancy Kolben, who served on the committee formed by Mayor de Blasio to handle the prekindergarten plan, stated that the goal is to have 70,000 full-day children enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year. Mayor de Blasio charged Sophia Pappas, executive director of the city's Office of Early Childhood Education, with the implementation of the program.
- U.S. Census, "Public Education Finances: 2011," May 2013
- The New York Times, "Obstacles Seen for de Blasio’s Preschools Plan," August 28, 2013
- The New York Times, "State Budget Deal Reached; $300 Million for New York City Pre-K," March 29, 2014
- Education Week, "N.Y.C. Hustles to Make Use of Pre-K Windfall," April 7, 2014
- The Wall Street Journal, "Head of New York City's Pre-K Expansion Has Daunting Job Ahead," May 18, 2014