Rider 78, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, 2017, and signed by Governor Abbott on June 12, 2017. Rider 78 ensures that state-funded prekindergarten programs implement high-quality prekindergarten consistent with the High-Quality Prekindergarten program requirements in Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.167 – 29.171 and consistent with the provisions of TEC Chapters 41 and 42.
These requirements include:
- use of a curriculum aligned with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines
- increased prekindergarten teacher training and/or qualifications
- implementation of student progress monitoring
- program evaluation
- development of a family engagement plan
Rider 78 ensures that school districts spend 15% of the districts’ prekindergarten foundation school program (FSP) funding on High-Quality Prekindergarten programs over the period of the biennium. As an example, the TEA State Funding Division has calculated the 15% minimum to be allocated for High Quality Prekindergarten programs in the 2018-19 biennium based on the four-year-old prekindergarten half-day average daily attendance (ADA). Please see the calculation for your school district or charter school.
Some of you may already be familiar with the High Quality Pre-K requirements if you were a district that received House Bill 4 Grant money. Now those exact same requirements apply to ALL state funded Pre-K programs and the money source for these requirements is now FSP district funds.
For questions regarding Rider 78, please see the FAQ document or contact us Erika Pozo 512-919-5478 firstname.lastname@example.org