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Kindergarten Boot Camp: Compressing Pre-K Into a Matter of Weeks

This week, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced her “Texas First Pre-K Through 12″ plan. On the other side of the aisle, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, has his own proposal for education called ‘Educating Texans: Pre-K Through 3rd Grade.” Both campaigns are putting emphasis […]

This week, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced her "Texas First Pre-K Through 12" plan. On the other side of the aisle, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, has his own proposal for education called ‘Educating Texans: Pre-K Through 3rd Grade."

Both campaigns are putting emphasis on those early years, and they're not alone. A previous local effort to introduce a pre-K tax in the city of Houston was launched but failed to reach last November's ballot.

Some of the reasoning behind the focus on pre-K is because, as Houston Public Media’s Laura Isensee reported this morning, here in Texas more than half of young children never attend preschool. Which is why the United Way of Greater Houston is trying to change that for some kids through the use of a "kindergarten boot camp."

Laura Isensee joins us to explain what a kindergarten boot camp is.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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