Most Active Stories
- Pittsfield's 3rd Thursdays Undergoes Changes For 2015 Season
- Saratoga County Sheriff's Sgt. Resigns, Charged With Misconduct After Video Goes Viral
- Donation Of Historic Amusement Park May Be Brought To Referendum
- Maloney: de Blasio "Should Have Head Examined" After Withholding Clinton Endorsement
- Williams College New Environmental Center Reaching For High Bar
New York News
Mon January 20, 2014
Universal Pre-K Backed By NY Gov Won't Come Cheap
Sending more 4-year-olds to school has support from the White House to many statehouses, including in New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed universal prekindergarten in his State of the State address this month.
Now advocates are hoping for funding to support it.
It won't come cheap. The Citizens Budget Commission estimates expanding pre-K throughout New York could cost $1.4 billion to $2 billion a year — at least triple what the state now spends.
Districts are hoping for increases when Cuomo releases his 2014-15 budget proposal Tuesday.
Of New York's 700 school districts, 449 now offer prekindergarten. But most are half-day programs that advocates say don't go far enough in times of higher standards.
Nationally, about 28 percent of 4-year-olds attended publicly funded pre-K in 2012.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.