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Proposed Bill Would Fund Full-Day Pre-K for Qualifying School Districts

Posted on · State Rep. Eric Johnson recently filed a bill that would fund full-day pre-K for qualifying school districts through the existing school finance formula. So, we revisit a conversation from Feb. 2015 about the benefits of full-day pre-K. In February of 2015, Dr. Susan Landry, founder and director of the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth, talked […]

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Same-Sex Benefits Case, and Full Day Pre-K: Tuesday’s Show (Feb. 28, 2017)

Posted on · Tomorrow (March 1, 2017), the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Pidgeon v. Turner, a Houston case challenging the city’s benefits policy for married same-sex couples. The court had previously declined to take up the case, but Texas Republicans urged the Texas court to reconsider. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk […]

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

Posted on · 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 […]

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Pre-K Funding, Labels, and Restaurant Weeks: Wednesday’s show (August 3, 2016)

Posted on · 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 […]

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What Are the Benefits of Full-Day Pre-K?

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]

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Full-Day Pre-K and Bobby Whitlock: Thursday’s show (February 19, 2015)

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]