Utah Senate approves private preschool grant plan
Wednesday , March 12, 2014 - 5:32 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — A program to help cover the cost of preschool programs for low-income Utah families has cleared its final hurdle in the state Legislature.
The Utah Senate voted 17-10 on Wednesday to advance the early education measure, which has prompted hundreds of emails to lawmakers from parents and others lobbying for or against the measure.
Draper Republican Rep. Greg Hughes sponsors the measure to put grants from private companies toward classroom or at-home programs for at-risk students.
If the programs successfully keep students from needing special education classes later on, Utah will repay the companies that paid for the grants.
Conservative bill opponents have argued the state should not use public money for private preschool programs, even if they come with a reimbursement.
The measure goes next to the governor.
HB 96: http://1.usa.gov/1geSom1