Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio pushes for universal pre-kindergarten next year

De Blasio suggests raising taxes on the wealthy in order to fund pre-k for all 4-year-olds.

De Blasio suggests raising taxes on the wealthy in order to fund pre-k for all 4-year-olds. (12/4/13)

NEW YORK - Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is pushing for universal, full-day pre-kindergarten to start next school year.

De Blasio announced the launch of a working group Tuesday to help make it happen, and suggests raising taxes on the wealthy in order to fund pre-k for all 4-year-olds.

He says enrollment would grow from 20,000 to 68,000 students, the largest expansion in the nation's history.

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that 63 percent of voters support increasing income taxes for households making more than $500,000 a year if that money was put toward public schools.
 

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