POLITICO NY: De Blasio allies continue to push city on pre-K parity

By Eliza Shapiro

11:06 a.m. | Apr. 18, 2016

A group of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s allies wrote the mayor a letter last week pushing him to enact pay parity for early childhood education teachers, according to a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO New York.

Pre-kindergarten education advocates have been pressing City Hall for several years to boost salaries and benefits for pre-K teachers in community based organizations and day care centers.

The letter was signed by Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies who served as co-chair of de Blasio’s transition committee.

Phoebe Boyer, president of the Children’s Aid Society, Sharon Greenberger, president of the YMCA of Greater New York and Sister Paulette LoMonaco, the executive director of Good Shepherd Services also signed the letter.

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