- New York 01/27/2014 (AP)
— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has released an interagency report detailing his proposal for free full-day prekindergarten for every 4 year old.
The report says the program would reach 53,000 children who need it by September. By the 2015-16 school year, it would be available to all 73,000 eligible children.
The mayor is scheduled to talk about the report's findings in Albany on Monday.
The report provides the mayor's most detailed analysis for implementing a universal pre-K system in New York City. He's proposed a tax on the rich to pay for it. The tax would need state approval.
The city says the total cost of the program is estimated to be $340 million annually.
It says 2,000 new classrooms would be required; it's identified 4,000.