House education committee to hear Behning’s pre-K expansion legislation

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:38 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 26, 2017) — The House Committee on Education is set to hear State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation that would expand the current pre-K pilot program from five counties to 10 on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The current On My Way Pre-K pilot program was established in 2014 and serves nearly 2,300 students in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties. Under House Bill 1004, up to five more counties could be added. Only high-quality programs and providers in the new counties would be eligible to participate.

“The goal of the pre-K program is to provide low-income children a step forward in their education and give them an opportunity to be successful in their academic and professional careers,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “My proposed expansion of On My Way Pre-K would allow the program greater geographic diversity and reach, giving more at-risk Hoosier children access to high-quality early childhood education.”

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

The House Committee on Education meets at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the House Chamber. House Bill 1004 is eligible for committee amendments and public testimony.

Visit iga.in.gov to watch the committee hearing live and to learn more about House Bill 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.