Religious schools have issues with proposed preschool bill
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposed preschool program is facing pushback from religious institutions that take issue with the current version of the bill.
Faith-based groups testified before the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, saying a recent amendment to the bill gives secular institutions an unfair advantage.
The Hawaii Catholic Conference says parents should have a choice as to where to educate their children.
The Hawaii Baptist Early Education Association says faith-based institutions provide 50 percent of preschool education in Hawaii.
Both groups say they support a version of the bill that would allow funding for faith-based preschool.
But the Hawaii Family Advocates says there's no way to amend the bill to make it amenable to religious schools.
The group also said preschool isn't cost-effective use of state money.
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