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Lawmakers push to provide Pre-K access to all Nebraskans

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Nebraska students couldstart school at an earlier age, if the legislature's Education Committee'spriority bill clears a few more hurdles.

Under the bill, all public schools would offer full access toearly childhood education. Each school district would have to offer a preschool programfor students the year before they start kindergarten.

Parents would then have the choice on whether or not enrolltheir students.

Lawmakers gave unanimous first round approval to the bill,stating that this would be beneficial for all Nebraska students.

"Moving towards a stated goal that we will ensure access toPre-k for all Nebraska children is a very, very forward thinking, thoughtfulapproach," explains Omaha Senator Heath Mello. "We know where we have to go as a state when it comes to our educationsystem."

Other provisions in the bill would phase out teacherinstructional allowances and allocate two million dollars for reorganizationalgrants.

This bill advanced to second round debate this morning after receiving a 31-0 vote.

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