De Blasio: NYC can handle universal pre-K, but needs funding to implement it

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a progress report today on his universal pre-K program, saying the city has all the necessary tools to implement the

A recent poll found most New Yorkers in favor of higher taxes to fund statewide universal pre-K.

A recent poll found most New Yorkers in favor of higher taxes to fund statewide universal pre-K. (2/25/14)

PARK SLOPE - Mayor Bill de Blasio released a progress report today on his universal pre-K program, saying the city has all the necessary tools to implement the program, but lacks funding.

De Blasio says the program can get started this fall and provide full-day pre-K to more than 50,000 students starting in September. Lawmakers in Albany need to decide if de Blasio can increase taxes on wealthy city residents to fund the program.

This comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about implementing universal pre-K statewide. A recent Siena poll also found 71 percent of New Yorkers are in favor of using state tax dollars for universal pre-K, with more than half saying they're willing to pay higher taxes for it.

Funding is still being considered along with the state budget, which is due April 1.

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