Mayor Sly James Responds to Kansas City Public Schools’ Statement on Pre-K Plan

December 13, 2018 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Mayor Sly James issued the following statement in response to Kansas City Public Schools’ announcement regarding the Pre-K plan:

“I thank Dr. Bedell and his fellow superintendents for their insights throughout the process of building and refining our plan to make sure every four-year-old in Kansas City has access to quality Pre-K education. From its inception, our plan was built to serve all families in Kansas City, including the majority whose four-year-olds are not served by the public school system. I’m proud that our plan will expand access to Pre-K programs for families who work hard every day but for whom the $12,000 per year tuition is still out of reach. We began another series of more formal negotiations four months ago, and in spite of substantive compromises, KCPS has chosen not to support our final plan. While I am disappointed in their decision, I remain steadfast in my commitment to make sure every child has access to educational opportunities that will help them build successful futures for themselves, as well as Kansas City. I’m very proud of the final plan, and I look forward to sharing it with residents over the coming months.”

Contact: Laura Swinford: 816-513-6579 (o) 816-572-1782 (c); Laura.Swinford@kcmo.org