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State officials want overhaul of pre-K billing system

December 16, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State officials say Vermont’s prekindergarten billing system needs an administrative overhaul.

Vermont Public Radio reports that a report sent to the Legislature by two state agencies recommends that the Agency of Education take over administration of Vermont’s Universal pre-K system.

Lawmakers in 2014 established a publicly-funded, universal prekindergarten system overseen by the Agency of Education and the Agency of Human Services. Under the law, families can use public money to pay for up to ten hours a week of pre-K programming.

The new report finds that there has been too much duplication and confusion with the two agencies administering the program.

The Agency of Education says the changes could be in place before May 2019. The basic rules around how families can access the public money would remain the same.

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