Universal Pre-K http://wamc.org en Pre-K Expansion To Be Low In September http://wamc.org/post/pre-k-expansion-be-low-september <p>Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say the number falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 93347 at http://wamc.org Pre-K Expansion To Be Low In September NY Budget Talks Continue At Capitol, Deadline Near http://wamc.org/post/ny-budget-talks-continue-capitol-deadline-near <p></p><p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are negotiating over property tax relief and pre-kindergarten funding a week before a new budget is due. Leaders emerging from closed-door talks Monday at the Capitol say they continue to make progress to get a deal by April 1.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:41 +0000 Dave Lucas 86592 at http://wamc.org NY Budget Talks Continue At Capitol, Deadline Near Mrs. D Goes To Albany http://wamc.org/post/mrs-d-goes-albany <p></p><p></p><p>New York City first lady Chirlane McCray will lobby for her husband's pre-kindergarten plan in Albany next week.</p><p>McCray revealed the trip to The Associated Press on Wednesday during her first extensive interview since her husband Bill de Blasio&nbsp; took office in January.</p><p>De Blasio wants to fund his proposal by raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers. But he needs approval from the state Legislature that has not been forthcoming.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:58:09 +0000 Dave Lucas 85215 at http://wamc.org Mrs. D Goes To Albany HV Assemblymember Weighs In On Universal Pre-K http://wamc.org/post/hv-assemblymember-weighs-universal-pre-k <p>As debate continues over how to fund universal pre-kindergarten in New York State, an Assemblymember from the Hudson Valley wants to ensure that funding for special education programs is part of the plan.</p><p>Democratic Assemblymember Didi Barrett recently sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asking for both universal pre-K and pre-K special education funding to be included in the 2014-15 state budget. She says it’s time to remove the financial burden from local governments.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Allison Dunne 84734 at http://wamc.org HV Assemblymember Weighs In On Universal Pre-K New Report Shows Kids Statewide Would Benefit From NYC’s Pre-K Plan http://wamc.org/post/new-report-shows-kids-statewide-would-benefit-nyc-s-pre-k-plan <p></p><p></p><p>A new report released today by a group of education advocates argues that allowing New York City to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for Pre-K would benefit kids across the entire state.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:59:29 +0000 Dave Lucas 84676 at http://wamc.org New Report Shows Kids Statewide Would Benefit From NYC’s Pre-K Plan Pre-K Could Become Upstate-Downstate Split http://wamc.org/post/pre-k-could-become-upstate-downstate-split <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to have gained the upper hand and some new allies in his policy skirmish with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over how to fund pre-kindergarten, as the fight threatens to turn into an upstate downstate split. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:46:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 83856 at http://wamc.org Pre-K Could Become Upstate-Downstate Split Pre-K Funding Fight Not Letting Up At Capitol http://wamc.org/post/pre-k-funding-fight-not-letting-capitol <p>The debate over universal pre-kindergarten shows no signs of slowing down at the New York State Capitol. The Democratic Mayor of New York City is not backing down from his plan to tax the wealthy to pay for pre-K, while upstate and suburban Republicans in the State Senate say they will block a vote on the tax proposal. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 83669 at http://wamc.org Pre-K Funding Fight Not Letting Up At Capitol Cuomo Ready To Fund NYC Pre-K http://wamc.org/post/cuomo-ready-fund-nyc-pre-k <p></p><p></p><p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's prepared to write a check to fund all the costs of universal pre-kindergarten as fast as New York City can phase in the program.&nbsp;</p><p>Cuomo made the comments to The New York Times, a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to back down from his signature proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to expand pre-K — despite Cuomo's inclusion of alternate funding in the state budget to pay for it.</p><p>Cuomo questioned why the tax was needed if the state would fully fund pre-K.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:25:07 +0000 Dave Lucas 82432 at http://wamc.org Cuomo Ready To Fund NYC Pre-K 1/23/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/12314-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Cuomo Pre K<br />NSA Panel<br />Fracking in National Forest<br />Syria<br />Yankees Money</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82476 at http://wamc.org 1/23/14 Panel Universal Pre-K Proposal Universally Praised http://wamc.org/post/universal-pre-k-proposal-universally-praised <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget released Tuesday includes one of the largest investments in New York’s education system. His call for statewide universal pre-K is being praised by educators in the North Country. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 82334 at http://wamc.org Universal Pre-K Proposal Universally Praised