NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is racing to complete an unprecedented prekindergarten expansion with the school year less than two weeks away.
Its success or failure is poised to have massive political implications for its first-year mayor, Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh).
The plan is one of the largest city government undertakings in recent history, and de Blasio has made it the centerpiece of his administration.
If it falters, it could damage his reputation and cripple future large-scale endeavors.
The city is trying to prevent that, ramping up teacher training and inspecting classrooms.
More than 50,000 pre-K students are expected to start school Sept. 4. That’s a dramatic jump from 20,000 a year ago.
Next year, it will increase to 70,000. The city’s rollout is much faster than those of smaller cities.