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IN Senate Committee Slashes House PreK Funding Bill, Nixes Voucher Link
March 16, 2017
A Senate Committee slashed funding Wednesday from a House bill that sought to double the state’s preschool pilot program.
Senate lawmakers wasted little time amending House Bill 1004 to mirror their own version of legislation to expand state-funded preschool and offer additional funding to other early learning initiatives.
The amendment cuts the proposed increase for the On My Way Pre-K program from $20 million to $6 million during the next two years. It also creates a new fund to help families pay for virtual preschool classes.
The change goes against Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s call for a $10 million increase to the program.
Yet the reduction in funding didn’t go far enough for some.