TWIN FALLS — Another legislative session is winding down without movement toward state-funded preschool. Idaho is among six U.S. states that don’t offer public preschool programs. Early childhood education advocates say the lack of state-funded preschool is holding Idaho children back. But opponents say it’s the responsibility of parents, not the government, to prepare children for school. State legislators have expressed concerns about the large price tag of implementing a program, and the impact on school facilities and the already-existing teacher shortage.

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