DES MOINES, Iowa — A Senate committee has approved a bill that would expand public preschool for 4-year-olds in Iowa.
The Democratic-majority education committee voted 9-5 in favor of the bill. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
The bill would provide extra funding for school districts that expand preschool programs. Democratic Sen. Herman Quirmbach, the bill's sponsor, says the funding would be offered for three years. He estimates it could cost the state more than $7 million to enroll 6,000 more students.
Sen. Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, says he is concerned about the bill's potential costs. The committee voted along party lines.
A similar bill failed to win full legislative approval last year.
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