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Indiana House Education Panel OKs Pre-K Voucher Proposal

Students eat lunch at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus, Ind.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Students eat lunch at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus, Ind.

The Indiana House Education Committee gave first-round approval to a small-scale preschool voucher program today that would require participating students to take a kindergarten readiness assessment.

House Bill 1004 is similar to a preschool proposal that faltered last session. But this year the measure has the backing of Gov. Mike Pence. The proposal would provide low-income 4-year-olds with vouchers to attend high quality pre-K programs.

Shannon Kiely-Heider is the director of state government relations at Cummins. The Columbus-based engineering company helped establish a pre-K pilot program called Busy Bees that helps prepare students entering kindergarten.

“In order for Cummins to grow in Indiana, it is important that we are able to access a pipeline of qualified workers from our local high schools and higher education institutions,” Kiely-Heider told the committee. Continue Reading

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