SAN ANTONIO -

Monday night, the North East Independent School District’s school board approved the ground rules of funding and participation in the city of San Antonio’s Pre-K 4 SA program, which begins in the fall of 2013.

In doing so, however, the board withholds the right to opt out this July, should the Pre-K centers planned by the city not offer programs and accommodations that meet NEISD’s standards.

Like most districts in San Antonio, NEISD parents already have a Pre-K program that is funded per student through the state.

Giving up the lion's share of that funding to the Pre-K 4 SA program was only part of the issue.

NEISD now warns it will assess the program this spring and opt out in July if it does not meet expectations.

"Throughout the course of the year, we will be evaluating how well the centers are progressing and then we will make that decision again the following school year," said NESID superintendent Brian Gottardy. "Entering into this agreement with the city gives the parent the choice as to whether or not they want to leave a very good Pre-K school here in the Northeast school district or go to a full-day program with the city of San Antonio."

To read a letter sent home to parents regarding NEISD's decision, click here (PDF).