New York City funding to address overcrowding and arts education

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio touted education initiatives in his executive budget Monday, including $4.4 billion to help address overcrowded classrooms over the next four years.

"Our plan is to devote substantial resources to this long-standing challenge -- our 4-year capital plan provides $4.4 billion in capital investment for new space and specifically an additional almost $500 million to work to remove trailers in as many locations as possible, to help free up schoolyards to help make sure kids can be in traditional buildings," de Blasio said during a press conference at a Queens elementary school.

That $4.4 billion is the city's total capital budget for addressing "space challenges," including the construction of new schools buildings, pre-kindergarten centers in areas where existing schools don't have the capacity to meet the mayor's universal pre-k goals, and adding extra seats to reduce overcrowding, de Blasio said.

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