Former mayors favor Pre-K for SA

4 former mayors weigh in on proposal, all agree initiative a needed educational investment

By Paul Venema - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Four former San Antonio mayors joined Mayor Julian Castro in urging voters to approve the Pre-K 4 SA initiative on the November ballot.

The group gathered on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse Monday morning urging voters to approve the plan.

"We are not just thinking about the past, where San Antonio has come from and the wonderful progress," said former Mayor Lila Cockrell. "We're thinking about San Antonio's future."

The Pre-K initiative, proponents say, will insure funding for high quality pre-kindergarten programs for thousands of 4-year-olds.

Cockrell joined the mayor and former Mayors Nelson Wolff, Howard Peak and Ed Garza in their endorsement of the initiative.

While the mayors were meeting at the courthouse, a group of West side residents was gathered at City Hall.

They wanted assurances from the mayor that the West side would be the site of one of the initial centers.

"The program is very good. We don't have a problem with the program," said Maria Lugo, a spokesman for the Social Justice Ministry at St. James Catholic Church.

Lugo said they want the centers located where the need is greatest and that is on the city's West side.

Castro has said in the past that within two years, four centers will be strategically placed in all four quadrants of the city.

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