Channeling Savings From Early Graduation Into Pre-K

Problem

Access to a quality education at a young age is one of the most important pathways to future educational and economic success. Unfortunately, funding for such critical pre-k programs is often limited by tight budgets.

Solution

Currently, Dallas school districts with students who graduate a year early lose the funding associated with that student’s twelfth year in school. Instead of penalizing a school district for a student who has accomplished their requirements at an accelerated pace, Rep. Johnson initiated a program to redirect those savings to expand the availability of pre-k education. This allows the school districts to invest in education opportunities that have been shown to have important, positive long-term effects on student outcomes.