NEW YORK (AP) — Officials getting ready for a massive expansion in the city's prekindergarten enrollment are spending the last day before school starts finishing inspections of every single facility.
A Department of Education team is expected to complete its walkthroughs of all locations on Wednesday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced a snag Tuesday — the shuttering of nine pre-K centers and delaying of start dates at 36 others. Safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve 265 students. Those students will be reassigned to other centers.
Officials say the vast majority of the 1,700 sites will open on the first day of school Thursday and are poised to serve an unprecedented jump from 20,000 to 53,000 students in a single year.