Tag Archives: SalesTax

Pre-K 4 SA versus Tea Party: battle of the yard signs

It’s October, so the political yard signs are popping up in my neighborhood like red spider lilies. Some are official Pre-K 4 SA signs, while others are from opponents, including the San Antonio Tea Party.

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Following up on Pre-K 4 SA town hall

As mentioned earlier, Texas Public Radio hosted a public town hall meeting last week about Mayor Julian Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA proposal. Even if you weren’t there, you can watch the video at NOWCastSA or download the audio from last night’s “Newsmaker Hour” on KSTX. At … Continue reading

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Texas Public Radio’s Pre-K 4 SA town hall meeting

As mentioned earlier, Mayor Julian Castro is promoting his early childhood education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA, in advance of a November 6 vote on a 1/8-cent sales tax increase to pay for full-day preschool, primarily for disadvantaged four-year-olds. Texas Public … Continue reading

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Pre-K 4 SA in campaign mode

Pre-K 4 SA, Mayor Julian Castro’s sales-tax-for-preschool program, now has a website, aTwitter feed, and a Facebook page. The News page has links to recent stories; here are a few more: “Voters will have final say on Pre-K”, John W. Gonzalez, San Antonio Express-News, … Continue reading

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Texas Tax Free Weekend: August 17-19

From the Comptroller’s website, information about Texas Tax Free Weekend, August 17-19, 2012: No sales tax on most clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. See also “Retailers bulking up for state’s sales tax holiday”, Neal Morton, San Antonio Express-News, August 10, … Continue reading

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Pre-K 4 SA (formerly Brainpower Initiative)

Mayor Julian Castro’s proposal of a 1/8 % sales tax to raise money for pre-K programs is now called “Pre-K 4 SA.” (Formerly, it was called the “Brainpower Initiative.”) On August 1, the city council heard a presentation about Pre-K … Continue reading

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A charter school pre-K teacher’s perspective on the Brainpower Initiative

Erin Carroll, a pre-K teacher at Highland Park Gifted & Talented Academy (a charter school), offers her perspective on Mayor Julian Castro’s Brainpower Initiative. She reports seeing big differences between kindergarteners who show up with pre-K experience and ready to learn, … Continue reading

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