Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Wendy Davis Education Plan Part 3

Wendy Davis Education Plan Part 3

Ratings: (0)|Views: 7|Likes:
Published by Andrea Grimes
"Great Start: Great Texas."
"Great Start: Great Texas."

More info:

Published by: Andrea Grimes on Apr 30, 2014
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/30/2014

pdf

text

original

 
 
POL. ADV. PAID FOR BY WENDY R. DAVIS FOR GOVERNOR, INC.
Great Schools: Great Texas
Part III – Great Start: Great Texas
Every Texas child deserves a great academic start. Early childhood is the time for establishing learning foundations and for making sure that students from all backgrounds begin to establish the skills that will last the rest of their lives. Also, high-quality early education is the best investment Texas can make in a strong economic future. Demographer Steve Murdock of Rice University has projected that, if Texas continues on its current educational path, by 2040, 30% of Texans will lack a high school diploma and the average household income will be about $6,500 lower than it was in 2000.
1
 Fortunately, we know that the right education investments move Texas in the right direction.
2
 Nobel Laureate economist James Heckman has found that communities that invest in pre-K investment see higher graduation rates,
3
 higher overall earnings, and less spending on prisons and health care.
4
 Wendy Davis knows that high-quality early education is the best investment we can make in the future of Texas. When we give kids in Pre-K through third grade the language proficiency, basic math skills, and solid reading comprehension they need, there is no limit to how much those kids can achieve.
The Proposal
 
Wendy Davis believes in the critical importance of early childhood access to Pre-K. Therefore, as Governor, she will:
o
 
Ensure that school districts across the state are offering students high-quality, full-day Pre-K.
o
 
Expand eligibility for Pre-K programs beyond the most in-need students by implementing a sliding scale for families above the 185% federal poverty level.
5
 By means testing families with higher incomes and allowing them to participate at a sliding scale of payment, the program will provide access more students without greatly expanding its cost.
1
 Steve H. Murdock
et. al.,
 
The New Texas Challenge: Population Change and the Future of Texas, Texas A&M University Press
 (2003), 128.
2
 
See, e.g.,
 Steve H. Murdock
et. al.,
 Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge, Texas A&M University Press (2014), 132. (“[If Texas] can successfully educate [its growing population of minority students], it could have a younger and more competitive workforce than the nation as a whole. The challenge is providing the resources necessary to ensure that Texas students and workers are competitive in the increasingly international workforce of the future.”)
3
 
See, e.g.,
 “Why All Children Benefit from Pre-K,” at http://www.pewtrusts.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=19434.
4
 
See
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-16/the-heckman-equation-early-childhood-education-benefits-all (stating that each dollar spent at age 4 is worth between $60 and $300 by age 65.)
5
 In 2013, 185% of the federal poverty level equals an annual income of $43,567 for a family of four.
 
 As Governor, Wendy Davis will:
Ensure that every eligible Texas child has access to high-quality, full-day Pre-K.
 
Promote early-childhood reading so that every student is reading at grade-level by the third grade.
As Governor, Wendy Davis will
 
ensure that every eligible Texas child has access to quality, full-day Pre-K 
 
 
 
POL. ADV. PAID FOR BY WENDY R. DAVIS FOR GOVERNOR, INC.
o
 
Work with the Texas Education Agency to establish a system of grants and special designation awards to support and promote the Pre-K programs that demonstrate the most effective preparation of children for continued learning.
o
 
Ensure the establishment of appropriate quality standards for Pre-K programs so that students are receiving the highest-quality instruction.
 Background
 
Three- and four-year-olds who are proficient in English and who have access to a basic learning environment  – being read to, practicing the alphabet, and learning numbers – will be best prepared to start school on the first day of kindergarten.
 
The Texas Legislature recognized the importance of this foundation as early as 1983, when they decided to support families with children considered at risk of not being kindergarten-ready by requiring school districts to offer half-day Pre-K to eligible students.
6
 This requirement created Pre-K access for the children who were most in need: English language learners, military dependents, homeless children, foster children, and children from the lowest-income families.
 
Thirty years later, Pre-K is one of the most popular and effective methods Texas has for establishing a learning foundation in young students. The program was so popular that the Texas Legislature created the Pre-K Early Start Grant in 2000, which provided funds for schools that wished to offer full-day Pre-K to the same group of eligible students.
 
In 2011, when schools took a $5.4B in cuts and lost the $200M Pre-K Early Start Grant, many districts cut other programs so they could continue to provide some Pre-K services. The combined cuts to Pre-K in 2011 resulted in an approximately $288M cut to Pre-K for the 2012-2013 biennium. In 2013, the 83
rd
 Legislature restored some of that funding, including $30M to the Pre-K Early Start Program. Unfortunately, this means that many children are not receiving the Pre-K instruction they need. Between 64% and 68% of low-income Texas children are not enrolled in Pre-K.
7
 
6
 Texas Education Agency at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147497225&menu_id=2147483718.
7
 
See
 Annie E. Casey Foundation,
 Policy Report: Kids Count – The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success
 at http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/F/FirstEightYears/AECFTheFirstEightYears2013.pdf 
 

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->