Local officials announced Monday that San Antonio has been recognized by the National Civic League for its “ambitious” plan to increase the number of local children who are reading at grade level by the third grade.
The national recognition as a “2012 All-America City” could help bolster Mayor Julián Castro's Brainpower Initiative, a plan to use a 1/8th-cent sales tax to help fund full-day pre-kindergarten for about 4,000 4-year-olds across the city.
Castro said the award underscores hard work by a coalition here to brighten the city's future.
“There's tremendous momentum,” he said. “Folks are working together to improve education in San Antonio like never before. This recognition is evidence of that.”
The recognition shows that San Antonio can achieve excellence, Castro said, when folks throughout the city work together. That same sort of coalescence will be necessary, he said, to make the Brainpower Initiative a success. The initiative will require people work together across school districts, nonprofit organizations and both the public and private sector, he said.