Funds meant for N.Y.C. charters may be diverted to pre-K

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Monday, February 3, 2014

New York City’s schools chancellor has announced her intention to shift money away from charter schools to help pay for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s expansion of prekindergarten programs.

The chancellor, Carmen Fariña, in describing the Education Department’s $12.8 billion capital plan, said she would seek to redirect $210 million that had been reserved for classroom space for charter schools and other nonprofit groups. The money, spread out over five years, would instead be used to create thousands of new prekindergarten seats, helping fulfill Mr. de Blasio’s signature campaign promise.

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