NYC Pre-K Teachers To Get Huge Raises In Bid To Equalize Pay

NEW YORK — Some New York City pre-kindergarten teachers will get raises of more than $20,000 under a plan to equalize pay in the city’s early education system, officials said Tuesday.

The plan aims to pay teachers molding the minds of 3-and-4-year-olds in community daycare centers the same starting salaries as their counterparts in the city’s public schools, an issue that has dogged Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration for months.

“This agreement is fair to the people who do the work, fair to our families and our children, also fair to our taxpayers,” de Blasio, a Democrat, said at a news conference in City Hall.

The raises are part of a tentative deal between the Day Care Council of New York, a group representing publicly funded daycare centers, and District Council 1707 Local 205, the labor union representing about 4,200 teachers and support staffers who work in those centers.

If the union’s members approve it, the agreement would raise the starting pay of certified pre-K teachers to the same level as city Department of Education instructors on a three-year schedule, officials said.

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