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Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in Albany today lobbying for his pre-kindergarten plan but it is unclear what exactly he can achieve. The mayor scheduled meetings with a number of legislative leaders but the lines of support already seem to have solidified. De Blasio told reporters that he "hopes" to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the issue but no meetings have been scheduled. This is de Blasio's fourth trip to Albany since becoming mayor. Supporters of de Blasio's pre-k plan will rally in Albany as will pro-charter school activists. Cuomo and de Blasio appear headed toward another education showdownover charter schools as Cuomo has reportedly pledged to back legislation to fund space for charter schools that are kicked out of NYC school locations. De Blasio reversed three Bloomberg-approved charter school co-locations last week. 


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