Pre-K Expansion Bill Passes Md. General Assembly

- ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland Senate passed a bill Friday to expand pre-kindergarten in the state.

The bill passed with a 46-to-one vote. It already passed in the Maryland House of Delegates and will now head to Governor Martin O'Malley's desk, where his office says he will sign it into law.

The bill expands pre-k to include about 1,600 more kids in the state. The governor included $4.3 million in the fiscal year 2015 budget for this.

Senator George Edwards, who co-sponsored the bill, says making sure children get a good education is key for their futures.

"I think it's a good program. That's the whole way the country is headed with pre-k. It helps some of them get started that may not have the financing to do that. You have to apply to get into the program because there's only so much money," said Edwards, (R - Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties).

The bill will apply to children whose families make less than 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

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