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Preschool voucher program passes House

A bill that would create a state-funded preschool pilot program has advanced through the Indiana House.

Eligible students must be 4 years old with a family income of no more than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.

The measure now moves on to the Senate, where a similar proposal failed last year.

But House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s hopeful this measure will pass.

Indiana is currently one of ten states that do not offer state-funded preschool programs.

If signed into law, it would take effect in 2015.