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Should Pre-K Funding Be a Priority in the 2017 Legislative Session?

Back in 2015, lawmakers set aside some $130 million over two years for some pre-K programs in the state. But did House Bill 4 go far enough? The Austin-based think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities recently suggested that, while research shows positive results for state-supported pre-K programs, Texas regularly receives low marks for […]

School Bus Education Illustration - MHagertyBack in 2015, lawmakers set aside some $130 million over two years for some pre-K programs in the state. But did House Bill 4 go far enough?

The Austin-based think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities recently suggested that, while research shows positive results for state-supported pre-K programs, Texas regularly receives low marks for quality in the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) annual State of Preschool Report.

We discuss whether the Texas Legislature should take up additional funding for preschool programs in 2017.

We hear from CPPP policy analyst Chandra Villanueva. Then, we talk with Russ Whitehurst from the DC-based think tank The Brookings Institution. He says more research is needed to truly demonstrate the impact more funding for pre-K would have on public education in Texas.

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