SAN ANTONIO -- The Pre-K 4 SA initiative is on the November ballot and is becoming a controversial issue among potential voters.
The program would raise taxes an eighth of a cent. The money would pay for teachers and staff and the building of four mega centers that would house some 22,000 full-day pre-schoolers.
Supporters say the kids, who may not be getting any pre-school education at all, need the jump-start and that the cost is worth the investment.
"Pre-school education helps kids get off to a better start in school," said Steven Barnett, who supports Pre-K. "What does that mean? It means they do better academically, do better socially. They're less likely to get in trouble."
However, opponents say why ask taxpayers to pay more when other programs already exist.
"These children are already eligible for free Pre-K near where they live or where their parents work, but they are not using it," argues Public Policy Consultant Jeff Judson.