New Orleans City Council moves toward major funding increase for early childhood learning

The New Orleans City Council on Thursday took the first step toward asking voters to pay for early childhood education, with the aim of providing access to thousands of children whose families cannot afford it.

The council unanimously approved a notice of intent to vote on whether to place a 5-mill property tax on the spring ballot. That vote will occur at the council’s first meeting next year, on Jan. 6, the last meeting for five of seven members who are leaving after last year’s elections.

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