Ken Paxton


Education Code subsections 29.153(d-1) and (g), concerning the solicitation of public-private partnerships in connection with the provision of free prekindergarten by school districts, are mandatory in certain instances. The stringent eligibility criteria in Education Code section 29.171 for a provider to enter into a public-private partnership agreement for prekindergarten should not be used as a condition for the provider to submit a proposal for such a partnership under subsection 29.153(g). A court could conclude under certain circumstances that Texas Education Agency guidelines should be promulgated through formal rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act. A court would likely conclude that neither the Governor’s COVID-19 Disaster Declaration nor any related Executive Order authorize the suspension of Education Code subsections 29.153(d-1) or (g).

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