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Early Education Push Earning Lukewarm Reviews

When Gov. Greg Abbott announced during his State of the State address that early education would be his first emergency item — a designation placing related bills on the legislative fast track — it signaled a dramatic move in the state’s approach to pre-kindergarten programs.

Instead of questions about whether pre-kindergarten was worth funding at all, the discussion became how far the state’s program should go.

But so far, the change has been mostly in tone. The legislative proposal Abbott favors has attracted mixed reactions from some pre-K advocates, who hope it can be strengthened. If not, the plan as it stands will barely change the status quo, they said.