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Gov. Abbott’s Texas Pre-K Plan Rebuffed by Alma Mater

Texas handed out $116 million in pre-K grants to nearly half the state’s school districts this week, delivering on one of Abbott’s biggest pledges when he took office last year — that classrooms willing to implement tougher pre-K standards would be rewarded with as much as $1,500 extra per student.

But in reality, those schools are getting less — way less. Districts will instead receive $734 per student, state education officials confirm.

That’s less than half of the potential maximum dangled in front of financially struggling school administrators and reluctant lawmakers in 2015, when the typically bipartisan idea of improving pre-K confronted pushback from influential tea party activists who called preschool something “historically promoted in socialistic countries.”