Democrats and Republicans are fighting over the voucher portion of a Pre-K bill

By Andrew Pillow

House Bill 1004 seeks to expand the state’s already existing preschool program. Currently the pilot serves five counties. The bill would expand that number to 10.

The bill also has a provision for students who receive a state pre-k scholarship, to receive a voucher to attend a private school.

The latter provision is facing stiff opposition from democrats. The democrats are arguing that republicans are using this bill as an opportunity to expand the state’s already controversial voucher program. The republicans contend that they are simply making the program available to students a year sooner.

The bill cleared the education committee but democrats have pledged to continue to fight the bill.

Read more here. (WFYI)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.