House bill could expand pre-K pilot program to five more counties

A House bill that would expand the state’s pre-K pilot program from five to 10 school corporations may give Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. another shot at state funding for its local program.

The bill was mentioned several times during Monday’s Third House session at Columbus City Hall where Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, and Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, took questions from about 65 community participants about pending legislation at the Statehouse.

Introduced by Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, the bill has cleared the House and moved to the Senate for consideration.

Smith predicted the bill would make it through the Senate and pledged that that he would push for Bartholomew County to be one of the next five in the expansion.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.