De Blasio heads to Albany for pleas and protest

De Blasio heads to Albany for pleas and protest


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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bill de Blasio's journey to Albany marks a key date in his young mayoralty.

He will head to the capital Tuesday to make a late push for his signature pre-kindergarten plan amid a backdrop of a protest organized by well-financed charter school advocates.

De Blasio wants to fund universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs with a tax hike on wealthy New Yorkers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and key state lawmakers have rebuffed the idea, so de Blasio will lobby again and hold a rally in favor of his plan.

It was unclear if de Blasio and Cuomo, both Democrats, will meet.

While there, he will be the subject of a dueling rally.

Thousands of parents and students will protest his decision to evict three charter schools from public school buildings.

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