Behning files legislation to expand pre-K pilot program

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, January 10, 2017 2:59 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2017) — State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) filed legislation today that would expand the current pre-K pilot program from five counties to 10.

The current On My Way Pre-K pilot program was established in 2014 and serves nearly 2,300 students in Allen, Lake, Marion, Jackson and Vanderburgh counties. Under House Bill 1004, up to five more counties could be added.

“This is a long-term investment in young Hoosiers,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “One of the most effective ways to close the achievement gap for low-income, at-risk children is a high-quality early childhood education. Responsibly expanding our pre-K program over time can increase graduation rates, decrease chances of incarceration and improve wage-earning potential for future generations.”

This legislation would also increase the eligibility requirement and threshold from 127 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent of the federal free or reduced lunch program.   

House Bill 1004 has been assigned to the House Committee on Education and is eligible for amendments made by the committee.

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about HB 1004.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

A high-resolution photo of Behning can be downloaded by clicking here.