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.
Gov. Eric Holcomb requested $10 million in additional funding for preschool. A Senate committee voted to reduce that to $3 million.
State and local officials met at Summit Elementary in Bloomington Friday to discuss the importance of educating children before they even start school.
When the General Assembly convenes for the 2017 legislative session, expanding state-funded pre-K will be a top priority.
A public preschool for migrant children in Vincennes teaches migrant children, ages 2 to 5, in English and Spanish.
A group of business and philanthropy leaders want the legislature to expand scholarships for low-income children to attend high quality pre-k.
Lieutenant Governor Holcomb proposes using a combination of federal, state, parental and private dollars to expanding the state's preschool program.