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Peduto: Preschool most important issue for reducing crime

June 30, 2016
Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Bob Bauder
Trib Live

Pittsburgh needs $20 million annually to meet a goal of enrolling every income-eligible child in high-quality preschool, officials said Tuesday. Mayor Bill Peduto suggested that the city, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania and local foundations and corporations commit to sharing the costs for 10 years.

“I’m 100 percent behind what you’re doing here,” Peduto told educators and community leaders during a public forum chaired by City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of Carrick. “Once you come up with the plan, I will work as the salesman to sell it.” Peduto described preschool education as the “most important issue to reduce crime in Pittsburgh.” He had listed preschool education as one of his main goals while running for office in 2013. In 2014, he empaneled a group to assess the situation.