Pre-K enrollment plan passes House committee

A bill to coordinate enrollment in Louisiana’s revamped prekindergarten system was approved Wednesday by the House Education Committee.

The measure, which has passed the Senate, next faces action in the full House.

State Superintendent of Education John White said the plan, Senate Bill 533, would ensure accurate headcounts of applicants and vacancies at child care, private and public pre-K and Head Start locations.

“What this bill calls for us a coordination among those four programs in every parish of the state,” White said. “That would give us the ability to say if one is overenrolled and the other underenrolled we can coordinate.”

Public school districts that do not have such a system in place by the fall of 2015 would get a state coordinator to make the arrangements.

The proposal won approval without objection.

“This could be one of the most important bills of the session,” said House Education Committee Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge.

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