Gov. Terry Branstad will not seek changes to the state’s universal preschool program for at least the next two years as the state moves forward with its education reform package.
The commitment is a change from Tuesday when Branstad sidestepped several questions about the future of the state’s preschool program during a news conference immediately following the Iowa Education Summit.
Pre-K education found wide support among the summit’s speakers and audience members, who frequently applauded when a panelist or presenter indicated their support for such programs.
Earlier this year, Branstad pushed a proposal that would have every parent pay something – based on a sliding income scale – for their child to attend a preschool program. The plan didn’t make it through the Legislature, and the governor ultimately backed off, although he indicated he issue wasn’t settled.