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NYC gears up for expanded pre-K, mayor’s pet issue

Posted: 1:07 PM, Jun 28, 2014
Updated: 2014-06-28 13:07:07-04

NEW YORK (AP) – With two months left before the start of the 2014-2015 school year, New York City is scrambling to deliver on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature issue of universal pre-kindergarten.

Hundreds of new pre-K teachers are being trained in an intensive summer program. Some of them have been lured by subway ads.

The city is providing 53,000 full-day pre-K seats this fall. That’s up from about 20,000 in the school year that just ended.

The city plans to add an additional 20,000 in the fall of 2015.
Deputy Mayor Richard Buery says the city is building “an amazing high-quality system.”

But critics say pre-K is ramping up too quickly for quality control.
New York University Professor Susan B. Neuman says she worries about a program getting so big so fast. But she hopes for the best.