Pre-K Commission charter change gets nod from Philly City Council


Philadelphia voters are going to be asked to create a commission on expanding pre-kindergarten citywide.The proposed change to the city charter would establish a commission to investigate how to expand pre-kindergarten for all Philly kids.

Donna Cooper of the group Public Citizens for Children and Youth delivered four thousand petitions in favor of the ballot question.

“You will be voting for our children to start school ready for school success,” Cooper said. “You will be making sure more of our children graduate high school go to college and graduate college.”

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says the commission would start a dialog.

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“Where do you find the money for all these things? We don’t have it!” said Blackwell.

The measure is expected to be on the May primary ballot, but might end up before voters in November instead.

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