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Early Learning – the wrong way – in Texas

Post by David Seago on Dec. 28, 2007 at 6:47 am |
December 28, 2007 6:47 am

Texas got the jump on Washington by a couple years in launching an ambitious early learning initiative. As we ramp up the state Department of Early Learning, Thrive by Five and other programs, we ought to be learning from Texas’ early mistakes.

According to the Dallas Morning News, their program hasn’t been faring well:

A groundbreaking effort to prepare Texas preschoolers for kindergarten has eaten up millions of taxpayer dollars but has yet to deliver on the investment, according to a new report released by the Texas Education Agency.

The findings spotlight a lack of budget transparency, little accountability and a lot of administrative overhead in the Texas Early Education Model, or TEEM, a state program run out of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. …

State officials have pumped more than $45 million into the program since 2003. Yet the report found no proof that most children fared better in TEEM than in conventional preschool programs.

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