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NYC Council, parents rally to restore 3-K, pre-K education cuts in city budget

May 22, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITY HALL — AHEAD OF THE NYC COUNCIL’S budget hearing Wednesday, NYC Council members, parents and kids rallied at City Hall to call on Mayor Adams’ administration to reverse its proposed $170 million budget cuts to the city’s early childhood education programs. Despite Adams’ recent commitment to replace $92 million in expired federal funding for 3-K expansion, the proposed city budget still contains over $170 million in cuts to 3-K, Pre-K and other early childhood programs, Speaker Adrienne Adams said in a release.

Councilmember Justin Brannan, guitarist and Chair of the Committee on Finance (D-Bay Ridge, Coney Island), said in a statement Tuesday that learning to play guitar in public school changed his life. “Thanks to the City of New York, those few chords allowed me to travel the world, playing music and learning invaluable things about life and our human society along the way. All that is to say, I know arts, music, and culture are not ‘extra.’”

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