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Everything you need to know about the brewing debate over preschool in Indiana

Preschoolers at School 55
Preschoolers at School 55
Dylan Peers McCoy

When Indiana lawmakers get back to work next month after a nine-month legislative break, one of their top priorities will be deciding whether more Indiana 4-year-olds should get free preschool tuition.

The state has spent two years trying out a program in a handful of the state’s 92 counties that has provided preschool support to fewer than 1,600 kids, but demand for the program has far exceeded supply.

That has some Indiana officials, including Gov.-Elect Eric Holcomb and incoming state superintendent Jennifer McCormick, calling for an expansion of the program. But it will be up to lawmakers to decide how much money — if any — the state can spare to provide this service to more kids.

With that discussion beginning next month, we’ve compiled some stories to help educators and community members get a handle on the issue.

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