City Council counters mayor's budget plan; unveils alternate education ideas

The City Council unveiled a budget proposal Monday that counters the mayor's plan to end social promotion.

Under the City Council plan, $45.5 million would go towards reducing class size and boosting teacher training. The proposal would reduce class size from grades kindergarten through third-grade. Money would also go towards training teachers in special education methods. In addition, pre-kindergarten programs would receive funding to expand to three hours a day from two hours a day.

The City Council is also calling for $350 million to be added to the $45.7 billion budget unveiled by Mayor Bloomberg in January. The city's budget situation must be resolved by July, which is when the new fiscal year begins.

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