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3:42 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House

The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a pilot program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.

The  House measure won bipartisan support today.

Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.

It was first proposed by House Republicans last year and is loosely connected to Gov. Mike Pence's call for an early childhood education plan.

The pilot plan would pick five counties and offer vouchers to families to send children to public or private preschools.

Democrat Ed Delaney voted for the measure, but says he has some concerns about it, including the roughly $25 million price tag.

"The financing is critical, my friends.   This is a lot of money.  And we haven’t even begun to discuss how we’re going to raise that money or where it’s going to come from, instead we’re talking about tax cuts," Delaney said in a floor speech. 

The measure cleared the House by a vote of 87 to 9.