The pilot program would provide $10 million in assistance to help low-income families send their children to preschool.
According to Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley, the governor's preferred pre-K proposal is 'a potential budget buster' for the state.
February tax revenues were $54 million short of projected levels, putting the state $90 million below expectations for the fiscal year.
Pre-K Bill legislation could move the issue beyond just a study committee.
This week's debate focused on a proposed pre-k pilot program and an abortion bill that requires doctors to report their information to the state.
Even without a legislative mandate to improve the reach of the ISTAR-KR, the kindergarten readiness test remains a priority for the Department of Education.
A pilot program aimed at providing pre-k for low-income kids was stripped out of a bill Wednesday. The program was replaced with a mandated study of the issue:
Gov. Mike Pence made a rare appearance at a state legislative committee hearing Wednesday to testify in favor of a preschool pilot program.
Even if lawmakers don't approve a pre-K voucher program this session, state education officials say there's low-cost work that can be done.
Indiana has a pre-K assessment now, but it isn't mandatory or widespread. That makes it hard for the state to track what preschool students are learning.