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Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch. The first day of school is next week.

But critics say the mayor may not be telling the whole story. The mayor himself said five sites for pre-k still have outstanding heath violations. And some programs are still struggling to fill seats and get teachers.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has some concerns about the start of the pre-k program. In a news release, he said his office has received only about 30 percent of the contracts for the pre-K providers.

"Universal Pre-K holds the promise of transforming our City's educational process, which is why we have to get it right," Stringer said in a statement. "But we cannot sacrifice safety in the name of expediency."

The mayor pushed back on Stringer's implication, saying he does not know "why any public official would want to leave parents with the impression that there's danger when there isn't a danger."

With AP and WNYW reports.

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