Last November, San Antonio took a Texas-sized step forward in early education. City residents approved a 1/8th cent sales tax to pay for Mayor Julián Castro’s ambitious new plan to offer high-quality, full-day preschool to four-year-olds.
Recommended by a blue ribbon panel, Pre-K 4 SA (prekindergarten for San Antonio) will work with school districts to serve 22,400 children over eight years, improving and expanding the state’s preschool programs. The sales tax increase is estimated to cost less than $8 per year for median income San Antonio households.
“We expect interest to skyrocket as parents learn more about how this high-quality program can help put their children on a path to academic success,” Castro said in a statement.
Castro plans to deliver “gold-standard academics” and “intensive professional development for staff members and extensive parental supports,” Education Week says in an article about the program.
Tuition will be free for disadvantaged four-year-olds, including children from low-income families, children who cannot speak or understand English, homeless children, children whose parents serve in the military and children in foster care. Continue Reading »