Pre-K levels the field in education for Fort Worth kids. But it’s hard to do online.

Every weekday morning last spring, Tamara Sapp sat down with her daughter, logged into her daughter’s online learning portal and started the school day.

Some things went better than others, Sapp said. Her daughter loved music time, but she zoned out during story time. And when her teacher gave her short assignments to help prepare her for writing, it was a struggle to get her to do them.

“She likes to bargain with me — ‘I’ll do half, and then I’ll do the other half later,’” Sapp said.

Sapp’s daughter was in pre-K last year at South Hi Mount Elementary School in Fort Worth. When COVID-19 reached North Texas and school districts across the region shut down, her daughter’s classes moved online.

Trying to do school remotely wasn’t ideal, Sapp said. Even though her daughter was only online twice a day for a half hour at a time, Sapp

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Additional state funding will be hard to find for Scranton School District | Education

As the Scranton School District experiences a budget shortfall and “dire” projections for years ahead, the district won’t be able to count on the state for assistance.

Before the coronavirus pandemic limited gatherings and closed buildings in March, teachers had planned to take buses to Harrisburg to demand equitable funding.

“As soon as things are lifted, we’re going to Harrisburg,” said Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers.

While educators hope to see funding levels rise to those of similar urban districts, local legislators know finding money in the state budget to do that will be difficult.

In May, with revenue levels uncertain, lawmakers passed a stopgap budget that kept funding in most areas flat for five months. Basic education, the district’s largest state revenue source, was funded for a year at 2019-20 levels.

The state had previously given the district one-time payments to help balance the budget

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