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Children At Risk: The State of Pre-K: Realities and Opportunities in Texas

June 1, 2016

In 2011, Texas’ 82nd Legislature made historic cuts to the public education budget totaling $5.4 billion. In 2012, CHILDREN AT RISK conducted a comprehensive research study to provide an objective assessment of the impact on students and classrooms across the state of Texas. Through this assessment, Doing More With Less? Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality, CHILDREN AT RISK learned that some districts were forced to either eliminate full-day prekindergarten programs or reallocate funds to continue providing the same level of programming. This study, The State of Pre-K: Realities and Opportunities in Texas, was conducted with a mixed methods approach focused on assessing the current public prekindergarten program offerings in Texas. The main components of this study consisted of a statewide survey of school districts, case studies of innovative districts, and state policy scans to identify current prekindergarten policies in Texas and other states.

Philanthropy Advocates was formerly known as the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) until August 2020. Previously-created resources, documents and blog posts mentioning TEGAC are still provided on this website for your reference.

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