JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that could lead to the development of a preschool rating system by private or nonprofit groups.
The bill given initial approval Wednesday comes two years after a law was enacted barring the creation of a preschool rating system by the state, higher education institutions or quasi-governmental entities.
The new legislation leaves intact the prohibition on government involvement but would allow publicly funded preschools to participate in a rating system run by a private or nonprofit group.
Bill supporters say rating systems can help parents decide where to send their young children.
Two years ago, some lawmakers had raised concerns that a state rating program could have resulted in some early childhood centers becoming ineligible for state-subsidized child care.
© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MORE POLITICS NEWS:
- Stenger Says County Will Not Provide More Trolley Funding
- McCaskill Says to Let Franken Investigation ‘Run it’s Course’
- Teachers Union Says Greitens’ Board Appointments will Strengthen Unions
- Turkeys Seeking Trump Thanksgiving Pardon Must Strut Stuff
- Vote to Oust Missouri Education Chief Falls 1 Vote Short
- Clayton Residents Wary of Over Development