New Preschool Rules In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate has approved legislation that would require children enrolled in the state's voluntary preschool program to attend regularly.
The Senate passed the bill 32 to 17 on Tuesday. It earlier passed the House and now moves to Gov. Terry Branstad.
The measure would allow school districts to require that children enrolled in preschool attend regularly.
Bill sponsor Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm, a Democrat from Cresco, says without the legislation there's no reason for parents to talk with educators about why their children aren't attending.
Lawmakers note that there are waiting lists for preschool in many districts.
Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak voted against the bill, saying she's worried the measure could eventually lead to mandatory preschool. She says that should remain a choice left to parents.