-- The Indiana Senate has approved a preschool expansion bill that was
amended heavily to strip House language from the proposal.
Under the revamped
version, new spending on the preschool pilot program amounts to $3 million,
despite a request from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for a $10 million
increase. It also sets aside $1 million for a new online preschool pilot
program that offers students 15-minute daily lessons.
38-11 to approve the measure, which now nearly matches legislation that had
advanced through the Senate earlier this session.
A floor amendment
to the bill commissions a study of state students enrolled in preschool,
including the state’s pilot and other, unrelated programs.