In the News: Bipartisan Supporters and Powerful Data Back Texas Pre-K

Sunday, March 30, 2014

By Andrea Brauer – Special to the Austin American-Statesman

The Democratic and Republican campaign consultants who recently squared off on the Statesman editorial page may have entertained partisan readers but left them with the wrong impressions about pre-kindergarten in Texas.

While the Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak addressed the federal Head Start program, the state of Texas has focused its funding on voluntary pre-K for low-income and other eligible 4-year-olds. The state provides funding for school districts to offer half-day pre-K (3 hours), sometimes in partnership with private child care centers. If districts can scrounge up enough local tax dollars, they can expand to full-day (6 hours).

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