The legislature approved $3 million to expand the state-funded pre-k program, less than the $10 million a year boost Governor Eric Holcomb asked for.
The bill looking to expand state funded pre-k also allocates $1 million for in-home digital preschool learning.
Republicans rejected several attempts by Democrats Wednesday to increase pre-K funding.
The struggle between a Republican governor advocating for pre-K funding and a reluctant Republican-held legislature is a familiar one in Indiana.
The second half of the legislative session begins this week, and the House and Senate have two very different bills to expand state funded pre-K.
In a 41-9 vote, state senators pushed ahead a two-year, $32 million proposal that would begin a modest expansion of state-funded preschool in July 2017.
Senate lawmakers rejected or scaled back two of Governor Eric Holcomb’s top priorities this week.
How Hoosiers are being impacted by the immigration order, a proposal to expand Pre-K and how an 8-year-old is using a favorite hobby to help refugees.
Proposed legislation to expand the state’s publicly funded preschool program is tangled up in the ongoing feud over private school vouchers.
Holcomb's agenda includes a 20-year road plan with potential tax increases, expanded pre-k and making the State Superintendent an appointed position.