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.
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.