Senate panel votes to study preschool vouchers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel has decided a pilot preschool measure needs to be studied further by lawmakers.

The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to change the measure from a limited pilot program to an issue that will be studied over the summer.

House Republicans drafted the measure that would have provided vouchers for preschool-aged children to attend school in a limited number of counties. But slumping tax collections and the fact that the state’s budget will not be taken up again until next year raised concern among many senators about spending money on a new program.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence originally sought a more sweeping plan to pay for low-income children to attend preschool, but later threw his support behind the House plan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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