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Mayor Bill de Blasio is ramping up his campaign to get his pre-k tax through Albany

The mayor and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña addressed hundreds of principals Wednesday at Brooklyn Tech in Fort Greene, the same school that his son Dante attends.

They came out to speak about education policy in the city, and they announced specific changes that the new administration is making.

The first is that school principals will now be required to have seven years of education experience, four more years than Mayor Michael Bloomberg required.

De Blasio wants principals to spend time in the classroom before elevating to that position.

"I believe deeply in the notion of homegrown talent," he said. "I believe that the best way to become a New York City public school principal is to start as a teacher and work your way up."

The mayor promised to de-emphasize standardized tests as much as possible.

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