NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is closing nine pre-kindergarten centers and is delaying the start dates at 36 others.
Officials in Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration told The Associated Press on Tuesday that safety and integrity concerns were behind decisions to revoke permits to the nine sites.
They say 265 students were enrolled at those sites and will now be reassigned.
Officials believe that most of the 36 sites that won't be ready for the first day of school on Thursday should be set to open next week.
They said that the vast majority of the city's 1,700 pre-k sites will open on time.
The expansion of pre-k from 20,000 to 53,000 students in a single year is the centerpiece of de Blasio's first year in office.