Pre-K for Santa Fe took a big step forward this week in our efforts to ensure that 1,000 additional children have access to Pre-K every year. On Monday, the Public Works Committee passed the Pre-K initiative with a vote of 3-1. Voting with us were Councilors Peter Ives, Renee Villarreal, and Chris Rivera. Councilor Ron Trujillo voted against us and Councilor Joe Maestas abstained.
Our next stop is the Finance Committee on Monday, Feb 27 at 5pm, and then a full Council vote on Wednesday, March 8. If the Council approves, Santa Feans will have the opportunity to vote on the Pre-K initiative on May 2!
In case you haven't seen it, here’s the full Pre-K Initiative plan, the Need Assessment, and the Economic Analysis showing how to fund it.
We have our work cut out for us. You may have seen the papers today - Coca Cola, the American Beverage Association, the Chamber of Commerce and others have formed a PAC to defeat our efforts to ensure Pre-K for Santa Fe’s children. They are asking Councilors to delay the election for more studies.
Disappointingly, Councilors Maestas and Trujillo seem to agree. They’ve introduced a resolution that would delay the election for an entire year! For some reason, they believe that it’s okay for some of Santa Fe’s children to be told they have to wait for Pre-K.
Can you join us in telling Councilor Maestas and Councilor Trujillo that Santa Fe’s kids can’t wait? Call or email them today and tell them to let Santa Feans vote in May. Our kids are too important to kick the can down the road.
Call Councilor Maestas and Councilor Trujillo and tell them NO DELAYS - in order to support Pre-K for Santa Fe, you must support an immediate funding source. Let us vote.
District 2 Councilor
District 4 Councilor
Also! Please join us at Finance Committee, Monday Feb 27 at 5pm and weigh in on the conversation.
Thank you for you support
Pre-K for Santa Fe Team
BTW! This week Pre-K for Santa Fe Initiative was endorsed by the Santa Fe Public School Board, Santa Fe Food Policy Council, La Familia Medical Center, and Communities in Schools. Check out our growing list of supportive restaurants, businesses and organizations here.