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Early education measures percolate at state, local levels

from Education Week

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has a sweet idea to boost early-childhood education in his cash-strapped city. In his first budget address, the freshman mayor proposed a 3 cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that he says would generate $400 million over the next five years, more than half of which would be allotted to universal prekindergarten in the city. "There is simply nowhere else to find this revenue. We all know we can't raise property taxes again," said Kenney. more

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