Testimony to House Public Education Committee
We appreciate the increased focus on pre-K this session, led by Governor Abbott, Representative Huberty, and all of the co-authors of the bill.
However, we are concerned that the funding identified still would not restore Texas to 2011 pre-K funding levels. Since pre-K was deemed an emergency issue, I would hope the funding and substance behind the initiative would be reflective of a true priority for our state. If the $118 million proposed for the biennium were doubled, it would provide an additional $500 for every pre-K student, putting Texas just above the national average. To achieve the world class program that is the goal, a pre-K program would require average funding, at a minimum.