De Blasio speaks out for after-school programs - FOX 35 News Orlando

De Blasio speaks out for after-school programs

Posted: Updated:

DEEPTI HAJELA | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio visited a Bronx middle school's after-school program on Thursday, promoting the kind of activity he'd like to see in all the city's middle schools.

He once again made the case for a tax increase to fund those programs, along with universal pre-kindergarten, as he was joined by Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina at Middle School 331, the Bronx School of Young Leaders.

He watched a group of young people in a dance program and talked to them about why they liked it. In response to one young girl's enthusiasm, he said, "I think she should run for mayor one day."

De Blasio said after school programs were useful in keeping middle school students engaged and involved, and also helped working parents by providing their children with safe places to be in the afternoons.

"It's a powerful, powerful tool," he said.

The middle school years are important ones for students, he said, since it's such a transitional time for young people physically and emotionally as well as educationally.

The tax increase de Blasio is pushing for has to be approved by the state.

The nursery school plan for all students in the city, plus after-school programs for all middle schools, would cost $530 million a year for five years, de Blasio has said. He's looking for an increase in taxes on people earning $500,000 or more annually.

In his State of the State speech this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was time to provide universal access to all-day kindergarten, but didn't talk about how it would be paid for.

De Blasio said efforts to build support for his proposal would continue to be ongoing, and that he had met with elected officials in Albany this week.



  • Bronx NewsBronx NewsMore>>

  • Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:44:02 GMT
    WCS photoWCS photo
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
  • Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:52:29 GMT
    A Brooklyn woman who is seven months pregnant released photos that she said show an NYPD officer putting her in a choke hold as she was being arrested for grilling on the sidewalk outside her home.  It's the latest in a string of reported choke holds by police officers. The move is not allowed under NYPD policy.  Miller was expected to meet with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday to seek charges against police.
    A Brooklyn woman who is seven months pregnant released photos that she said show an NYPD officer putting her in a choke hold as she was being arrested for grilling on the sidewalk outside her home.  It's the latest in a string of reported choke holds by police officers. The move is not allowed under NYPD policy.  Miller was expected to meet with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday to seek charges against police.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:22:47 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices