The de Blasio administration waited until late Friday afternoon to announce that it would cut $210 million previously committed to classroom space for charter schools while adding 7,000 new pre-K seats. The additional pre-K seats are only partly funded by the cut to charters, with most of the revenue sourced to $800 million from the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act.
The move begins to bring to life Mayor Bill de Blasio's promised priority for universal, full day pre-K. It also appears to confirm some of his critics' fears about the new administration's negative attitude towards charter schools, including parents who think the administration is "playing" with students and their families.
Yet Chancellor Carmen Fariña's decision to shift money from charters towards pre-K won't come to fruition for a while. The bond that the decision relies on is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget, which earmarks $1.5 billion for statewide pre-K over five years.
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