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Democrats Expected to Push for Universal Preschool

Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane says his caucus will offer legislation next year creating a statewide early education program.

The legislation would allow local school corporations to develop their own programs in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Education.

The proposal also would lower the mandatory school age to 5.

Lanane says studies show students who attend preschool not only do better in the early grades, but graduate at higher rates and land higher-