HB 1004 would expand early education matching grants, and expand the pre-k pilot program to 10 counties, up from the original five counties. HB 1004 also allows for a grant or pilot recipient to also receive a Choice Scholarship for kindergarten the following year if the family meets the Choice Scholarship guidelines.
If a family enrolls in a school's pre-k program with the help of a pre-k pilot scholarship, that student should not have to change schools for kindergarten in order to access a Choice Scholarship in first grade.
HB 1004 will be heard on the House Floor this week and has many amendments trying to eliminate the proposed pre-k scholarship linkage to the Choice Scholarship in kindergarten. Please email your representatives letting them know you support HB 1004 and want the kindergarten Choice provision kept in the bill.
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