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With "Great Start: Great Texas," Wendy Davis Shows Commitment to Even the Youngest Texas Students

by: Genevieve Cato

Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 05:00 PM CST

State Senator Wendy Davis has always stood up for education in Texas. She first filibustered to protect funding for public education in Texas, and her platform as a statewide candidate reflects her continuing commitment. Building on the first two pieces of her comprehensive plan for education reform, "Great Teachers: Great Texas," and "Great Pathways: Great Texas," Davis' newest proposal focuses on the importance of Pre-K education.

Her proposal focuses on the importance of Pre-K for literacy, and the economic benefit to the state of expanding access to early childhood education. Fully funded Pre-K programs for all Texas children makes sense for both those invested in a bright future for our children and a stable financial future for our state.

More on "Great Start: Great Texas" from the Wendy Davis campaign below the jump.

Wendy Davis knows the importance of creating an effective and fully-funded education system for Texas children, and this third piece of her platform proves that she understands that early childhood education is key. From the Davis campaign:  

Senator Wendy Davis today released "Great Start: Great Texas," which focuses on early childhood education at the Pre-K level.  It is the third part, in a series of four, of her comprehensive education reform proposals.

"We know that every dollar invested in Pre-K programs can return up to $16 in dividends," said Davis at the Baker - Ripley Promise Community School in Houston where she laid out her plan.  "Yet in Texas, nearly seven in ten low-income students are not enrolled in Pre-K, and the state only funds three hours a day.  It doesn't take a financial genius like Warren Buffett to know that this is an investment worth making."

"Great Start: Great Texas" contains two common sense reforms:

  1. Ensure that every eligible Texas child has access to quality, full-day Pre-K.
  2. Promote early-childhood reading so that every child is reading at grade-level by 3rd-grade.

Earlier this month, Senator Davis laid out the first two parts of her comprehensive education reform proposals. "Great Teachers: Great Texas" focused on retention and recruiting the next generation of teachers. "Great Pathways: Great Texas" addressed increasing college-preparedness opportunities for Texas high school students.

"With the right leadership in Austin, we can set the right priorities," Davis said. "That's why I'm running for Governor.  We must have new leadership that is focused on retaining and recruiting the next generation of great teachers.  We need new leadership that advocates expanding access to higher education for high school students.  And, we need new leadership that tirelessly promotes Pre-K and early childhood education so that Texas children are on the right path from the get go."

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