- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The idea of helping local preschool programs doesn’t look like it will be considered by the Legislature this session.

One of a pair of bill sponsored by the Joint Education Interim Committee on preschool education fell short of the two-thirds vote in the House needed for introduction Wednesday.

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 can offer them on their own.

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