New York state Education Commissioner John King stumbled into the prekindergarten debate Tuesday by suggesting the program would cost $1.6 billion to implement statewide — far more than Gov. Cuomo called for in his budget.
New York City Mayor de Blasio and backers of his tax-the-wealthy plan for pre-K quickly seized on King’s remarks, made during a legislative budget hearing.
“The current proposal in the state budget falls dramatically short of what we need here in New York City, and underscores exactly why we need a dedicated, reliable source of revenue for these critical programs,” de Blasio said in a statement.
“If we are going to truly provide every eligible 4-year old in New York City with high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten, then we must have the resources needed to actually fund these vital investments,” de Blasio added.