INDIANAPOLIS –Today the Indiana Senate approved Senate Bill (SB) 276, which includes language for a prekindergarten (pre-K) expansion. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) offered the following statements upon the legislation’s passage:

“Currently, the state spends $10 million for pre-K programs in only five of the ninety-two counties in our state. SB 276 increases the funding by $6 million and now includes all of the counties in the state. This is nowhere near the proper funding.

“Of the new $6 million set aside for the pre-K expansion, $1 million must be used to fund a private program so parents may home school their pre-K children. This nets $5 million to expand to 87 additional counties.

“This funding scheme will allow for less than 1,000 additional students to have access to high-quality preschool options in the state.

“I expect to advocate for additional funds as we move through the budget process.”

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Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County as well as portions of Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s4.

NOTE: A photo of Sen. Karen Tallian can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Tallian.jpg