Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
12:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Opponents of Pre-K 4 SA Hitting Message Hard During Early Voting

People held signs in protest of Pre-K 4 SA outside City Hall
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Groups on both sides of the Pre-K 4 SA measure are engaging in competing messages as early voting continues, and from the steps of City Hall on Monday, the San Antonio Family Association, along with members of the Tea Party and South Texas Alliance for Progress, shouted that Mayor Julián Castro's measure just won't work.

One member likened the program to a car buyer not being able to test drive the vehicle or look under the hood before purchasing.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Current Preschoolers the Face of Pre-K 4 SA

Children hold signs for the mayor's Pre-K 4 SA measure outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center Oct. 24
Ryan Loyd TPR

Four-year-old Jaydon stood with his classmates and teachers outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center on the city’s East Side on Wednesday.

Rev. Herman Price, who is a leader with Community of Churches for Social Action, spoke about the importance of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative and said it is a moral issue.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
10:14 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Leaders Make Final Push for Pre-K 4 SA as Early Voting Begins

Former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell quipped Monday she's glad to be among the seven 'living' mayors who support Castro's Pre-K 4 SA measure.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Whether Mayor Julián Castro's Pre-K 4 SA early education initiative will pass or be voted down is too close to call at this point in early voting, but with all the debate over the issue, Castro doesn't seem surprised.

"I always assume that any election is going to be a close election," said Castro Monday at the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse. "I want folks to know Pre-K 4 SA is supported by our seven biggest Chambers of Commerce, by all seven living former mayors, by our biggest employers. There's a reason for that."

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Bexar County Early Voting
5:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Early Voting Begins in Bexar County and Voters Are Split on the Issues

Voters stand outside of a Polling Place inside the Wonderland of the Americas Mall in Northwest San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

It’s the first day of early voting and Bexar County Residents are flocking to the polls. TPR's Joey Palacios talked to a few voters outside the Wonderland Mall polling place about which presidential candidate they support and Pre-K for SA.

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Early Education
9:56 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Castro Continues Push for Pre-K 4 SA Measure

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro poses for a picture after receiving an appreciation gift from the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julian Castro continues his push for his Pre-K 4 SA initiative at every opportunity. Monday, he spoke to the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce about educational challenges the city faces.

He told business leaders that San Antonio is a rapidly growing city with educational challenges that will only grow more with the population increase.

Over bacon and scrambled eggs, he said Texas and San Antonio repeatedly ranks in the bottom-tier of educational achievement. "The challenge for San Antonio is that we can't abide by that anymore in the 21st Century," he said.

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Pre-K 4 SA
2:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mayor Castro Uses National T.V. Appearance to Talk Early Education

Since his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has become a national political figure. This morning, Castro was on NBC's "Today Show" talking about education.

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Pre-K 4 SA debate
4:56 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Pre-K 4 SA Campaign Using Current Preschoolers to Send Message

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro visits preschoolers at San Antonio College’s Early Child Development Center.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Pre-K 4 SA campaign is launching a video showing preschoolers at San Antonio College’s Early Childhood Development Center talking about their school experience and asking voters for support.

The Pre-K initiative would add one-eighth of a cent to the sales tax generating $31 million per year to fund pre-K for 22,000 4-year-olds in the city. Mayor Julián Castro said Pre-K 4 SA would be the first of its kind in the state.

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Pre-K 4 SA
4:24 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Rutgers Economist Says Pre-K 4 SA Investment Will Pay Off

Dr. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, says Pre-K 4 SA is a legitimate investment that will start children on the right path toward success
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has gone national with his Pre-K 4 SA initiative, proclaiming at the Democratic National Convention that it’s one way he is invested in education for the youngest of his constituents. Castro is counting on the measure to pass in the general election to give thousands of four-year-olds a quality, full-day early education.

Rutgers University’s Dr. Steven Barnett, who is the director for the National Institute for Early Education Research, thinks the program will make a difference, despite what critics say.

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Early Education
3:45 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

San Antonio Business Leaders Back Mayor Castro's Pre-K 4 SA

Ramiro Cavazos with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce speaks about the benefits of Pre-K 4 SA outside the Pearl Stables Thursday.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Business Leaders from San Antonio’s Greater Chamber, Hispanic Chamber, North Chamber and Women’s Chamber, say they are behind Mayor Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA program.

“And we’re behind it for one simple reason," said Richard Perez, "and that is that we want to be known as a city of education.”

Perez, along with Ramiro Cavazos, Larry Anthis, and Dr. Yvonne Katz, spoke of the advantages the program would have with thousands of four-year-olds in the Alamo City.

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Pre-K 4 SA
2:58 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

District Support Vital for Pre-K 4 SA Program to Work

An 8-year service model for the Pre-K 4 SA plan. Click image to see a larger version
Graphic by the City of San Antonio

According to Interim Superintendent Rey Madrigal, Harlandale ISD is growing each year despite a lack of new housing developments. He said this year enrollment increased by 217 students.

For city council members, this means neighborhoods are being revitalized with younger families, and also more children to fill pre-K classes.

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