Kansas City Mayor Sly James | Photo from kcmayor.org

KC mayor James kicks off campaign to fund pre-K education with sales tax

Kansas City Mayor Sly James kicked off a campaign Tuesday to increase the city’s sales tax in an effort to expand access to pre-kindergarten education for 4- and 5-year-olds in the city.

The November ballot measure, called “Pre-K for KC,” proposes a 3/8-cent increase to the city’s sales tax to generate an additional $30 million per year. That money would fund tuition assistance, additional spots in pre-K programs and other efforts to elevate the quality of pre-K education offered in the city.

About 35 percent of the city’s 4-year-olds currently attend pre-K programs, according to city officials.

Research suggests that kids who receive quality pre-K education tend to be better prepared for kindergarten and show reading proficiency by third grade — an important indicator of future educational success.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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