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ERIC Number: ED332328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Is It Financially Feasible for Texas Public Schools To Implement the Prekindergarten Three-Year-Old Program?
Robison, Beverly Ann
The Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 1 in 1990, which gave all school districts the option to offer prekindergarten programs for 3-year-old disadvantaged children. The financial feasibility of implementing such programs in the Texas public schools is analyzed in this report. A brief review of the economic impact of program implementation concludes that the addition of new prekindergarten programs during a time of severe revenue shortfall and an uncertain rise in revenue costs for an equitable school funding plan constitutes an unsound financial decision. The recommendation is made to improve the current program for 4-year-olds, which will have the following benefits: raise the enrollment of eligible 4-year-olds; reduce the pupil-teacher ratio; and decrease the dropout rate. Other alternatives include private day care and nursery schools, expanded Head Start programs, and private industry. (12 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas