Preschool program proposal fails introduction

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - A bill that would have helped local preschool programs will not be considered by the Legislature this session.

The bill sponsored by the Joint Education Interim Committee fell short of the two-thirds vote in the House needed for introduction.

The legislation would have appropriated $1.5 million in state money for preschool programs over a three-year period. Most of the money would be grants for local communities and organizations that apply.

Supporters say the proposal would better coordinate efforts in early childhood education and save the state money in the long run.

Opponents pointed to studies that early childhood education doesn't provide any significant benefits.

Wyoming doesn't have state funded preschool, but local school districts have the option of offering them on their own.

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