What is Rider 78?

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 erika.pozo@esc13.txed.net


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