Preschool pilot program headed to Pence's desk

INDIANAPOLIS - The General Assembly has approved a pilot program to send low-income children in five counties to preschool.

The Senate passed the measure 40-8 on the last day of session Thursday after months of negotiations. The House passed the proposal 92-8 earlier Thursday.

The bill still needs Gov. Mike Pence's signature before becoming law. The proposal is one of three major items sought by Pence this session.

The pilot program would cost $10 million coming from state budget cuts and federal funds, matched with $5 million in private sector donations. Families earning up to 127 percent of the federal poverty level -- a little less than $30,000 for a family of four -- would qualify.

It's not clear yet which counties will be included in the pilot program.

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