AUSTIN, Texas — More children have been delayed learning at home because of delays in the Texas Department of Child Education and Development’s child education plan.
The plan is designed to address the challenges children have when learning in classrooms without adequate teacher training, including learning disabilities, learning disabilities that are not well-established, and learning disorders that are related to the child’s physical, emotional, cognitive, or social development.
The plan has not been implemented because of budget concerns and the fact that funding for child education is already reduced, according to a letter from Texas Education Agency Secretary Michael Smith.
Smith’s letter to state lawmakers also says that “no money” has been appropriated to fund the plan.
Smith’s office did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
Texas is one of only a handful of states that does not have a comprehensive plan for preschool education.
Many other states have preschool plans that provide for an integrated curriculum that includes special education, social studies, language arts, physical education, and physical skills.
In 2015, a study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that the majority of children in Texas do not receive the early childhood education they need.
As a result, many children and families are struggling to meet school schedules and learn in a timely manner.
“It’s been a really difficult year for the kids,” said Leland Luscher, a child development expert with the National Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Luscher said the lack of funds and inadequate funding for preschool is particularly painful for the deaf and hard of hearing communities.
There are some steps we can take to address this,” Luschers letter states.
The plan includes an assessment of whether the state can spend money to help families and the state needs to make the plan a priority.”
I think this is the biggest obstacle that the state faces to meeting the needs of the children and to making sure that all kids are able to have a fair chance of learning,” Lett said.
He said that’s because children with learning disabilities are more likely to attend a school that lacks the special education and physical education needed to prepare them for the classroom.
To help address the shortage, the Texas Education Commission has set aside $4 million to fund a preschool education fund.