Kansas City Mayor Sly James

“When I took office in 2011 only 33% of Kansas City third graders could read at the appropriate grade level.  Today it’s up to 55%, which is better, but still behind the state average of 62%.

“This is an urgent problem for us because research tells us that third grade reading proficiency is a predictor for success later in life. Kids who can’t read at a third grade level by the third grade usually end up slowly slipping through the cracks.

“I’m not going to leave office without doing something about it.

“That’s why we’re working to pass the Pre-K for KC ballot initiative.  It will create a citywide sales tax of just 3/8 of a cent to fund a citywide investment in pre-K. It will allow us to significantly increase the number of four and five year-olds in Kansas City who have access to high-quality, affordable pre-K.

“We can’t let our kids down. I need your help to pass this ballot measure.

“Please vote YES on Pre-K for KC on November 6.”

– Mayor Sly James