- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have advanced a proposal to cover the cost of preschool for low-income families.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1j4aSoQ ) the House approved the bill 49-24 Tuesday after debating whether the state should get involved in early education.

Draper Republican Rep. Greg Hughes brings the proposal to have private companies foot preschool costs for some low-income parents.

He says students who start early are more likely to stay on track later, reducing the need for special education classes.

The companies footing the bill would later recoup the money if Hughes‘ prediction is correct and the state does indeed save on special education costs down the road.

Salt Lake City Democrat Carol Spackman Moss says the measure would help elementary teachers by starting each student on the same page.

The bill advances to the Senate.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com


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