In a move that is angering charter school advocates, the de Blasio administration is planning to move $210 million away from charter schools and use the money to pay for preschool facilities.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said that the charter school money would help create 2,100 new full-day pre-kindergarten seats.
The expansion is part of a New York City Department of Education plan to increase its capital spending over the next four years by $800 million.
Some of the money would be used to pay for smaller classes.
The Department of Education is banking on getting additional funding from a state schools bond.
The CEO of the New York City Charter School Center released a statement about the plan, saying, "This administration has a decision to make, and soon. If they’re interested in results, they will make sure high-performing charter schools are fully included in the pre-K program, including maintaining capital funding. Otherwise, it will be clear that their move to push pre-K is more about ideology than about helping children."