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Posted: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 9:07 AM HST

Hawaii lawmakers put off decisions on preschool

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii legislators are putting off decisions about the details of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposed preschool program. They plan to meet later this week to continue discussions and perhaps vote on revised bills.

Senators and representatives met Wednesday in conference committees, groups of lawmakers from both chambers who meet to debate the details of bills.

The Senate and House have each passed different versions of the bills. The proposals could still die if lawmakers can't come to an agreement.

One bill would create a school readiness program for the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers are considering having the Department of Human Services run the program.

Another bill proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the state to fund early childhood educational institutions. The third creates a full-fledged preschool program to start in 2015.

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