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