Abbott's Pre-K Bill Easily Passes Texas Senate

By Morgan Smith

A key early education bill backed by Gov. Greg Abbott has cleared both chambers of the Legislature, with the Texas Senate on Thursday (May 7) capping funding for the pre-kindergarten grant program at $130 million and approving it 25 to 6.

The money is intended to coax school districts into improving existing pre-K programs, which the state currently funds for students from low-income, English-language learning, military and foster families. The measure offers up to $1,500 per child to school districts that agree to implement certain teacher quality and curriculum measures over the next two years.

The House must decide whether to accept changes made by the Senate before the bill can head to Abbott’s desk.


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