Pre-K Expansion A Major Focus

San Antonio AlliancePolicy, Politics

TestingThe House Public Education Committee met Tuesday to hear and discuss bills related to prekindergarten expansion, including the following bills:

HB 4 by Dan Huberty, R-Houston. HB4 is considered the Governor’s prekindergarten bill.  Abbott made pre-K a priority for this session, but TSTA has concerns that the governor’s proposal doesn’t go far enough in providing quality, full day pre-K education for every eligible Texas child. TSTA’s additional concerns include HB4 funding levels that would not even restore the 2011 pre-K budget cuts and its assessment provisions.

HB1100 by Eric Johnson, D-Dallas and Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown. HB1100 would establish a gold standard full-day, pre-K program provided by public school districts.  HB1100 includes concepts put forth by the governor’s proposal, Raise Your Hand Texas, Children at Risk, local districts and business groups. Funding would be provided as incentive payments to districts for offering high-quality, full-day pre-K.  TSTA believes HB1100 offers a robust start toward a full-day, high quality, sustainable pre-K program that Texas students need, with more than double the funding in HB4.