For Mayor Bill De Blasio, A Lot On The Line As Prekindergarten Rollout Nears

All of I can think of in that photo is a kid raising a hand and asking, “Are you a giant?”

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — With the school year less than two weeks away, New York City is racing to complete an unprecedented prekindergarten expansion — and its success or failure could have major political implications for its first-year mayor, Bill de Blasio.

De Blasio made the establishment of universal prekindergarten — which a top aide called one of the biggest government undertakings in the city’s history — the centerpiece of his mayoral campaign a year ago. It took months of political dealing to obtain the hundreds of millions of dollars needed for the program, but implementing it Sept. 4 might be a greater challenge.

“There are several ways this could go poorly, and all of them would end up on the front pages because of how much (de Blasio) has invested in this,” said David Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

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