An Indiana Senate panel gutted a bill that would have made preschool more available and affordable for at-risk children and in the process compounded the problem of the state lagging behind others in early education.
This comes at a time when Indiana needs to make educational gains and provide workers with more advanced skills to meet the needs of employers. Instead of providing greater educational opportunities for preschoolers — the workers of tomorrow — the state is paralyzed in endless studies and debate.
The pilot program in five counties would use vouchers to send the children to school. Preschool-age children from families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would qualify for up to $6,800 to attend public, private or parochial preschools.