Amsterdam News: Parents, teachers, unions and elected officials protest Bloomberg childcare cuts
Parents, teachers, unions and elected officials protest Bloomberg childcare cuts
By CRAIG D. FRAZIER Special to the AmNews | Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012
It wasn’t your ordinary field trip as hundreds of Head Starters from across the five boroughs joined labor unions, parents, teachers and elected officials at City Hall last week, bringing the tally to more than 3,000. The demonstrators protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed city budget, saying that it would take more than 47,000 children of low-income and working-class families out of subsidized day care, Head Start and after-school programs. About 9,000 of these cuts relate specifically to the mayor’s controversial EarlyLearn program.