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.
Indiana ranks 40th in the nation for preschool enrollment: parents of 60 percent of Indiana’s three and four year olds say their children are not in school.
The $150 million proposal to expand preschool in every district in the state would be less than one percent of the state’s annual budget.
In 2014, Pence stopped the Indiana Department of Education from applying for an $80 million grant that would have established a similar system.
A hearing over state funded preschool is scheduled for Wednesday after Governor Pence made it one of his legislative priorities.
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.
Assuming a proposed pre-K pilot serves children in Indiana's most populous counties, it could cost the state around $25 million.
The proposal would require students who receive a pre-K voucher to take a kindergarten readiness assessment before entering school.
Gov. Mike Pence is taking a very different approach to shaping education policy than his predecessor.