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The ordinance orders a sales and use tax referendum be held on November 6, 2012 on whether or not to authorize the City Council to levy a one-eighth of one percent sales tax within the City of San Antonio for a maximum period of eight years for the purpose of financing authorized programs for early childhood development and education services for the development of math, reading, and life long learning skills and the promotion of literacy skills to be implemented and developed by the San Antonio Early Childhood Education Municipal Development Corporation pursuant to Chapter 379A, Texas Local Government Code. The early childhood plan is referred to as: Pre-K for SA.
This referendum authorizes the San Antonio City Council to levy a one-eighth of one percent sales tax for a maximum of eight years for the purposes of financing early childhood education in San Antonio.
The fact sheet outlines the partnership created between Goldman Sachs, J.B. Pritzker, the United Way of Salt Lake to expand the Utah High Quality Preschool Program with the use of social impact bonds, which generate pay-for-success payments when certain goals are reached.
This ordinance establishes the Denver Education Compact fund for the purpose of handling financial transactions related to the Denver Education Compact program.
The report covers a longitudinal study by Voices for Utah Children, in partnership with Granite School District (GSD) Preschool Services, and with support from the United Way of Salt Lake and Goldman Sachs Bank USA. The study focused on the outcomes associated with 3 cohorts of 4 year olds in 11 schools most impacted by poverty attending the Granite School District\'s high quality Title I preschool program beginning in SY06-07. The study tracked the special education use of children from the 3 cohorts who tested as potentially eligible for special education services at 4 years old to determine how many of these children required special education services in kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Academic achievement data for all the children in the 3 cohorts was also collected to determine if the GSD preschool program has been successful in closing achievement gap through elementary school. Research shows that at-risk children who attend high quality preschool programs use special education services at significantly reduced rates in kindergarten through the 12th grade as those at-risk children who do not attend a high quality preschool. This reduction in special education use is a cost savings to the state and federal government. The report shows that early results from the Granite School District in Utah are promising. The data shows that significant cost savings - approximately $1 million - in special education have been achieved over the three year period. Had the sustainable financing model been implemented in SY06, an additional 736 children could have been served over the three years with the state cost savings, effectively doubling access to the Title I preschool program (not withstanding capacity issues) for at-risk children.
This report contains hundreds of specific policy reforms spanning eight broad areas of local government policy and responsibility: economic development and job creation; infrastructure; municipal revenue; job standards; housing; education; health; and civil rights. In each area, the report first describes the importance of taking action on it and the general goals of progressive policy. Second, the report describes key proven strategies for reaching those goals and identifies several specific steps that cities can take toward their effective implementation within those strategies, citing specific examples in each case.