HB 130 Funding
Dear Friend of Texas Pre-K,
Thanks to the hard work of advocates like you, House Bill 130 was voted out of committee last Thursday! HB 130, UWT’s priority legislation this session, calls for funding for high quality, full-day pre-k for Texas’ youngest learners.
This weekend, the House took an important step toward providing appropriate funding for House Bill 130. We applaud lawmakers for their commitment to pre-k. However, in order to properly fund HB 130, an investment of $200 million is needed.
We need your help to ensure HB 130 receives this adequate funding. Please take a moment to e-mail members of the House Committee on Appropriations and encourage them to provide adequate funding for HB 130.
Karen R. Johnson
United Ways of Texas
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Texas House Committee on Appropriations (if you live in Texas)
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Adequate Funding Needed for HB 130
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
Thank you for all your efforts and service to Texas as a member of the Texas Legislature. As you know, House Bill 130 was voted favorably out of the House Committee on Public Education last Thursday. I support this bill, which currently has 97 Joint and Co-authors in the Texas House.
I would like to thank you and other members of the Texas House for ensuring that pre-k received attention in the approved House budget. However, proper funding of HB 130 requires an investment of at least $200 million per year. This level of financial support means that approximately 57,000 of the most at-risk children in our state would be given the opportunity to experience high-quality full-day pre-k.
Research shows that full-day high-quality programs can reduce the achievement gap later in life and contribute to higher high school graduation rates, fewer referrals to special education, less criminal behavior, and higher lifetime earnings. In fact, the Bush Scho ol of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M reports that for every $1.00 we invest in high-quality pre-k, at least $3.50 is returned to Texas communities.
Because of the recent changes to the Early Start Grant program (formerly known as the Pre-k Expansion Grant Program), many Texas School districts may soon be forced to cease their full-day pre-k programs. HB 130, with proper funding, will allow many of these districts to continue to serve at-risk children in full-day programs. I strongly encourage you to fund HB 130 adequately to ensure that many Texas children are able to continue attending their full-day pre-k programs.
Thank you once again for your service and efforts in the Texas Legislature.
[insert your name here]