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Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

“While early education was certainly not the main story coming out of Tuesday’s election, a handful of cities and states cast votes that could have a significant impact on the future of education access for young children,” Aaron Loewenberg writes on New America’s EdCentral blog.

And in its weekly news roundup, NIEER (the National Institute for Early Education Research) reports that voters gave both a thumbs-up to some proposals, and a thumbs-down to others.

In two cases, voters rejected tax increases:

“In Missouri more than 60% of voters rejected a proposed increase in the cigarette tax to expand early childhood education beyond the current 3% of Missouri 4-year-olds enrolled in state-funded pre-K,” NIEER notes. “In Oregon, roughly 60% opposed Measure 97 to increase specific corporation taxes to boost funding for public early education, K-12, healthcare and senior services.”

But Cincinnati said yes to a tax hike.

“…by a margin of 62 percent to 32 percent, voters approved a property tax increase expected to raise $48 million a year for five years. Of the $48 million, $15 million will go towards the Preschool Promise initiative, which advocates claim will enable 6,000 students (about 80 percent of three- and four-year-olds) to access pre-K each year over the next five years,” New America says. (more…)

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