A coalition of business, philanthropy, government and education leaders will push lawmakers to expand state-funded pre-K in the upcoming legislative session.
A new report outlines the needs and improvements of Indiana’s early childhood education system.
In 2014, Pence stopped the Indiana Department of Education from applying for an $80 million grant that would have established a similar system.
Of the 5,000 children who applied for early education scholarships in Indianapolis, only 30 percent of those who applied were able to receive funding.
Indiana plans to follow students enrolled in the pre-k pilot for the next several years to determine whether those benefits outweigh the cost to the state.
The report ranks Indiana near the bottom of the country for early education, at a time when lawmakers are discussing an expansion of a pre-K pilot program.
Pence's budget proposal to the general assembly includes education initiatives, bicentennial projects and money for community corrections.
The compromise plan spends less than Ballard's initial $50 million plan. The mayor says around 1,300 low-income children will benefit.
The Indy Chamber says early education provides long-term benefits for Indiana's workforce.
The council only approved the framework for the $43 million program, and will discuss its funding next year.