A new report shows that Texas’ youngest children with disabilities and developmental delays have been left out of critical services during years of state cuts to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and new Medicaid reimbursement rate cuts for children’s therapies.
Today Texans Care for Children released a new report on the Texas high-quality pre-k grant program established by HB 4, providing a new analysis of school district participation in the grant program and policy recommendations.
A new report required by the state Legislature as part of the high-quality pre-k bill passed in 2015 recommends that Texas limit all pre-k classrooms to a maximum of 22 students and allow no more than 11 students for each teacher or aide in pre-k classes with more than 15 students “in order to create conditions for high-quality classrooms.”
Today the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that 578 independent school districts and charter districts educating the vast majority of Texas student will receive grants for the 2016-2017 school year under the state's new high-quality pre-k grant program, demonstrating great interest across the state in early childhood education.
Citing recent police use of force on students in Texas schools by school resource officers, today nine advocacy organizations called on Gov. Greg Abbott to establish a task force to examine school policing issues in preparation for the 2017 legislative session and school year.