Long: Final Pre-K Bill Will Include Online Preschool
The final obstacle to expanding Indiana's preschool program comes down to money.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long says money for an online preschool program will be part of a final bill. He says the software called "Upstart" gives the state a way to reach up to a thousand kids in counties which otherwise aren't part of Indiana's pre-K pilot program. House Speaker Brian Bosma agrees he's a convert, after some initial skepticism.
Bosma says online pre-K needs to be an add-on, not a substitute. He says the focus of the pre-K program needs to remain on low-income kids. The Senate still wants to spend less money overall than the House, but says it's likely negotiators will split the difference between the 20-million-dollar annual increase passed by the House and the six-million set aside by the Senate.
The Senate spending included a million dollars for the online pre-K program.
Legislators are planning to adjourn next Friday.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)