De Blasio Steps Up NYC Pre-K Teacher-Recruitment Plan

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- New York City is seeking applicants to fill 1,000 teacher jobs as part of a planned expansion of all-day prekindergarten that will serve 53,000 students, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Part of the recruitment effort, including subway ads, will be a $6.7 million program organized by the City University of New York to train 400 current preschool workers as state-certified early-childhood educators, de Blasio said yesterday at a City Hall news briefing. The pool of qualified applicants may be as high as 8,000, the mayor said.

De Blasio, 52, said the recruitment was part of a drive to expand the program in September using preschools run by the city Education Department, community-based organizations and religious groups.

The preparation was announced as state lawmakers negotiate budget appropriations that may give the city $540 million for pre-K and after-school programs for teens, which de Blasio has advocated since running for mayor last year. He’s seeking to pay for the initiative with a tax on incomes above $500,000, a plan opposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, and state Senate Republicans.

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