ALBANY - At a time when many school districts say they are cash-strapped and laying off staff, Assemblyman John McDonald (D - Cohoes) says lawmakers are working to restore funding before any conversation about Universal Pre-K. Some local school districts are even considering eliminating kindergarten.
"If UPK is put in place without initial funding for K through 12, you could have that odd circumstance that districts will have to make on their own," said Assemblyman McDonald. "You can have UPK for three- and four-year-olds, and then, 'by the way, find a sitter when they're five.' And that's atrocious."
Lobby day brought thousands of children and parents in bright yellow shirts to the New York State Capitol in support of charter schools.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got a warm reception from the mostly downstate crowd.