Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 10:09 am
Over half of Texas children between the ages of three and four don't go to preschool, according to the annual Kids Count report released this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Texas schools offer free pre-K programs to 4-year-olds, but primarily only offer programs for 3-year-olds on a tuition basis. Those low numbers and access have drawn scrutiny from education advocates, lawmakers and even the candidates running for governor.
Despite the recent focus on preschool access for Texas children, efforts to expand access may to wait until after the upcoming legislative session.
During the summer, some students on free or reduced lunches and their families turn to summer feeding programs to get the meals they need. Waco ISD is initiating a new program to try and boost participation in the program.
Preliminary STAAR results for Waco ISD were released earlier this month. While some schools showed great improvements, others continue to struggle with meeting state standards. KWBU's Jill Ament tells us about some of the challenges lower performing schools in high-need areas are facing and how the district is addressing them.