Texas lieutenant governor advisers: Pre-K a 'Godless' choice

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Socialist and keeping kids in a 'Godless environment' is what advisers to the new Texas lieutenant governor are calling a major push to improve pre-K statewide.

The letter sent Tuesday to lawmakers is a direct jab at a major priority for new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

It was written by a "grassroots advisory" board of conservative activists that Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assembled upon taking office in January. Patrick is a firebrand tea party leader who is popular with Texas ultraconservatives.

Patrick spokesman Alejandro Garcia said the letter was unsolicited and "expresses the individual viewpoints of Texas citizens."

The letter goes on to say that public pre-K has no long-term benefits and removes children from religious preschools.

Abbott has made improving pre-K one of his first promises as governor.

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