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Indiana Senate panel votes to study preschool vouchers

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 5:17 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Senate panel has decided a pilot preschool measure needs to be studied further by lawmakers.

The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to change the measure from a limited pilot program to an issue that will be studied over the summer.

House Republicans drafted the measure that would have provided vouchers for preschool-aged children to attend school in a limited number of counties. But slumping tax collections and the fact that the state's budget will not be taken up again until next year raised concern among many senators about spending money on a new program.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence originally sought a more sweeping plan to pay for low-income children to attend preschool, but later threw his support behind the House plan.