[R91] Bill proposing Pre-Kindergarten Voucher Pilot Program passes out of House (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/18/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM

Bill proposing Pre-Kindergarten Voucher Pilot Program passes out of House

STATEHOUSE — Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) is pleased to announce that House Bill 1004, the creation of a high quality Pre-Kindergarten voucher pilot program, passed out of the House today with a vote of 92-06.  Rep. Behning is the lead author on the bill with Rep. Suzanne Crouch (R- Evansville) as the coauthor.

“I am thrilled this legislation is moving through the General Assembly with bipartisan support,” said Rep. Behning. “A high quality Pre-K pilot program will give many children of poverty the opportunity to start their educational career in the best way.”  

House Bill 1004 contains the eligibility requirements of a high quality Pre-K pilot program including the facilities, eligible students, program administration, funding and an early learning advisory committee.  Currently, 61 percent of children (ages 3-4) are not enrolled in preschool. This bill has the potential to provide impoverished Indiana children with an early start to their education.  

HB1004 received praise from Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Minority Leader Scott Pelath (Michigan City) along with other leaders of the House. 

“Legislation like HB1004 and the House’s proposed budget will have a huge positive impact on our Hoosier children. As we move forward this session I hope we continue to make education our top priority and make responsible sustainable choices for their future.