Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a pre-K boost that was among his top campaign promises but has underwhelmed educators.
Abbott made the pre-K bill his first flagship education initiative. It gives more money to schools that agree to implement higher standards.
Abbott on Thursday also expressed confidence that lawmakers would work out a last-minute standoff over new Texas gun rights before his first legislative session ends next week.
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Powerful law enforcement groups want the governor to veto legislation allowing people to openly carry handguns if police can't ask gun owners for their license. Abbott hasn't taken a stand on that provision.
Other major conservative issues, including tax cuts and a sharp increase in border security spending, are already settled ahead of the Legislature adjourning Tuesday.