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By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate 4-year-olds.

Members of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association said at a Tuesday rally at the state Capitol that they support House and Senate proposals to use state money to pay for such classes.

The members say that private childcare operators who have been critical of some parts of the proposal don’t speak for them.

The House and Senate Education Committees have endorsed separate, though similar measures, and the differences need to be worked out before the plans can go to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.

One main difference is that the Senate bill contains $6 million in state money to pay for classes the first year, while the House bill contains no funding provision.

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