Pence pushes preschool funding amid cost concerns

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A plan to use state funds to pay for children of low-income families to attend preschool is drawing questions from Indiana lawmakers concerned about the project's cost.

Gov. Mike Pence urged lawmakers to pass the bill during a Senate Education Committee hearing Wednesday.

The bill would provide vouchers for children of low-income families in five pilot counties to attend public, private or religious preschools that meet certain education standards.

Critics question the feasibility of the estimated $7.5 million to $30 million price tag for the program. Questions over the effectiveness of early childhood education also are causing debate.

A committee vote on the bill is expected next week. The full Senate's support is needed before the legislation can head to Pence's desk for his signature.

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