Mayor Bill de Blasio, clergy fight for universal pre-K

Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined today by nearly 200 clergy members in the fight for a universal pre-K. (2/11/14)

BROOKLYN - Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined today by nearly 200 clergy members in the fight for a universal pre-K.

The mayor has been trying to push legislation that would tax wealthy residents of New York City to provide funding for his universal pre-K plan.

De Blasio said that he was furious that state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos denied lawmakers a chance to vote on his proposal in Albany on Monday, and is asking for people to stand up and demand that vote be allowed.

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He says that a universal pre-K would put more than 50,000 children into a full-day pre-K by this September.  He adds that his goal is not to punish the wealthy and successful, but rather to create more success stories by educating the children.

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