Efforts to revive preschool pilot rejected

Indiana Senate Democrats: The Briefing Room

Proposals offered by Senate Democrats to restart a pilot early childhood education program were blocked on Monday. Amendments to House Bill (HB) 1004, offered by State Senator John Broden, were defeated on near party-line votes.

Two of the amendments that were defeated included language to add a framework to compete for federal Race to the Top funding and to reinsert a measure to create a pilot preschool program for around 1,000 Hoosier 4-year-olds. An amendment to add at least one member of the Early Learning Advisory Committee to the study committee proposed in HB 1004 was successfully added by voice vote.

The version passed by the Indiana House of Representatives would have created a early childhood education pilot program for as many as 1,000 children in 5 Indiana counties. The pilot program was estimated to cost between $7 and $30 million. Senate Democrats advocated this session to create a universal…

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