New preschool program voted down

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Antone Clark

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill described as an outside-the-box approach to preschool programming for at-risk children was too far outside the mainstream for most of the state Senate.

SB 71 would have sought $10 million from private investors to extend preschool programs for children identified as at-risk because of economic factors or language barriers. The state would have fronted $1 million for the program.

The bill was voted down 11-18 on Tuesday.

Bill sponsor Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, said the program was a way to address children who would end up in remediation programs and change the course of their lives.

The bill was criticized by conservatives who warned about the potential intrusiveness of another program, as well as concerns about how the private-sector/public education partnership would work.

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