Compromise near on preschool voucher program

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Key state lawmakers are close to a compromise on the governor’s plan to establish vouchers for preschool students.

Governor Mike Pence has been pushing hard for an investment in preschool education. He is seeking a pilot program that would provide vouchers to about a thousand disadvantaged students.

Concerns about cost put it in jeopardy in the state Senate but a new idea for financing the vouchers could mean a  pilot program for a thousand or more preschoolers.

“I think it will actually be more than that and funded out of existing funds only, not a new appropriation,” said GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma, “and it’s gonna work out well.”

“What we’ve got proposed out there is far less expensive for the state,” said Senate GOP Leader David Long, “far more reasonable and affordable pilot program than was originally proposed.”

The plan calls for money for the pilot program to essentially be taken from the state surplus.

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