Gov. Mike Pence says a preschool pilot for 1,000 students could inform summer study committees on pre-K.
Senate Republicans Monday rejected an attempt to revive a preschool pilot program that had been eliminated in a Senate committee last week.
Even without a legislative mandate to improve the reach of the ISTAR-KR, the kindergarten readiness test remains a priority for the Department of Education.
Gov. Mike Pence made a rare appearance at a state legislative committee hearing Wednesday to testify in favor of a preschool pilot program.
Even if lawmakers don't approve a pre-K voucher program this session, state education officials say there's low-cost work that can be done.
Indiana has a pre-K assessment now, but it isn't mandatory or widespread. That makes it hard for the state to track what preschool students are learning.
The bill is likely to face scrutiny in the Senate where last session lawmakers scaled back a similar proposal, citing cost concerns.
Assuming a proposed pre-K pilot serves children in Indiana's most populous counties, it could cost the state around $25 million.
We mapped all the top-rated pre-K providers in the Paths to Quality program — and found parts of the state where there just aren’t many high quality options.
Roughly 40,000 low-income 4-year-olds would qualify for preschool vouchers each year under the measure Gov. Mike Pence is proposing.