Pre-K, school social workers in forefront of negotiations as NYC nears a budget deal

Officials inched closer to a deal on the city’s nearly $100 billion budget Thursday, with one education issue gaining consensus: equal pay for preschool teachers.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson hinted that a deal is close to achieving top budget goals, including raising wages for early educators at non-profit organizations who teach most of the students in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature universal pre-K program, but earn considerably less than their counterparts in programs run by the district.

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