Mayor launches commission to study universal pre-K for Philly

IMG_0809By Jeff Smyth, Reporter, Metro, June 30, 2015

Parents in Philadelphia got one step closer to having universal access for every 3 and 4-year-old to pre-kindergarten services.

Mayor Nutter announced Tuesday the launch of the Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten, consisting of 17 members.

“This commission will address, head on, one of the major challenges facing Philadelphia — how to educate our children,” Mayor Nutter said. “They will also make proposals on how to pay for programming.”

The commission, which was formed after voters approved a ballot question in May to create it, has hit the ground running since they met for the first time before Mayor Nutter’s announcement.

The commission members consist of five officials appointed by Mayor Nutter, five appointed by City Council, two City Council members and five other stakeholders from the city and state.

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