Despite a hard-fought campaign that got national media attention, Knox City Council has decided to put politics before the interests of children and families, ignore overwhelming community feedback, and walk away from providing comprehensive kindergarten services.
The decision shows a complete lack of respect for staff, families and the local community. It leaves 120 employees with no job security and will impact the early learning of approximately 1,100 three and four-year-olds.
Despite the outcome, every person who supported this campaign should be proud. The Knox Council Mayor hoped to make this decision without the community knowing but you turned it into a public issue.