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Texas school districts receive $116 million in pre-K grants


July 6, 2016
AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Julie Chang
My Statesman

The state has awarded 578 school districts and charters more than $116 million in grants to boost their prekindergarten programs in the upcoming school year.

Ten Central Texas school districts, including Austin, Round Rock and Leander, received some of the funds. House Bill 4, one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature laws passed last legislative session, promised to make funds available to boost the quality of early education across the state.

Awarded districts will see an extra $734 per prekindergarten student on top of the $3,600 in regular state funding.

To qualify for the grant, school districts had to promise to hire teachers with multiple credentials, improve family engagement and to report in detail academic performance.