Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Committee Will Prep for a Vote for San Antonio to Reauthorize Pre-K 4 SA

Posted By on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 3:10 PM

Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is co-chairing the Early Matters committee. - JOESTRAUS.ORG
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  • Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is co-chairing the Early Matters committee.
The full-court press for renewal of Pre-K 4 SA is officially on.

On Monday, local leaders announced the creation of a committee to prep for the November 2020 election to keep the city's full-day preschool initiative going. Voters will decide at the polls whether to reauthorize the eighth-of-a-cent sales tax used to create the program in 2012.

Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and local businessman Peter J. Holt are co-chairing the committee, called Early Matters. Business, education and philanthropic leaders round out the 12-member group.

Early Matters will examine best practices around the state and country to determine the future of Pre-K 4 SA and recommend ballot language for the upcoming election. The committee also will study gaps in educational access facing children up to the age of 8.

Voters narrowly approved then-mayor Julian Castro's Pre-K 4 SA initiative seven years ago with business groups, educational advocates and other top officials rallying behind the proposal. Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature set aside funding for full-day pre-kindergarten for qualifying 4-year-olds.

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