Full-day pre-K should be priority in Emanuel’s 2nd term

Aug 17, 2015 by

A team tasked with examining Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second-term priorities wants him to put together a plan to offer full-day pre-kindergarten for every low-income 4-year-old in Chicago.

It’s not clear how the financially strained Chicago Public Schools might pay for that expansion, which is estimated in the group’s new report to cost as much as $174 million in programming per year.

But Sarah Pang, the mayor’s second-term transition chair, said the concept is crucial to Chicagoans looking for pre-K programs, quality jobs and everything in between.

Pang, who co-chaired the transition team Emanuel assembled when he first took office, led the second-term priorities committee he appointed about a week after securing his re-election in April. She said she plans to deliver the group’s final product to the mayor during a cabinet meeting Monday.

Source: Full-day pre-K should be priority in Emanuel’s 2nd term: panel

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