days into the 85th Legislative Session (96 days remaining), the
budget process is still in its initial stages.
Both the Senate and House Committees and the respective subcommittees
and working groups have heard testimony from the Legislative Budget Board, Texas
Education Agency, and numerous organizations and associations. One of the major policy changes to date is regarding
High Quality Pre-Kindergarten funding. House Bill 1 by Rep. Zerwas does not
continue to fund the High Quality Pre-Kindergarten Grant Program. Instead the
filed version of House Bill 1 uses $116.9 million to increase the Supplemental
Funding for Pre-Kindergarten program. The state provided $30 million for the Supplemental
Funding Pre-Kindergarten program in the 2016-17 biennium (approximately
$153/ADA for the 2016-17 school year). We
have updated our comparison tables to show this change. Each chamber typically adopts its version of the state budget at the end
of March or beginning of April.