- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho House panel is considering allowing a small group of public schools to offer voluntary preschool classes

The House Education Committee introduced the plan Monday. The proposal would allow roughly 100 children who are at least four years old to attend half-time classes.

Republican Rep. Patrick McDonald from Boise says that children with better reading and math scores in elementary school are more likely to graduate high school and avoid criminal activity.

The three-year plan is slated to cost $1.4 million - taxpayers would fund roughly half.

However, prior attempts to implement public preschool programs in Idaho have failed to survive the Idaho Legislature.

Rep. Ryan Kerby from New Plymouth says that a statewide program would likely cost $50 million.

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