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Legislators Interested In Expanding Statewide Pre-K

A new report outlines the needs and improvements of Indiana's early childhood education system.

A new report outlines the needs and improvements of Indiana\’s early childhood education system. (photo credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Indiana’s governor and legislative leaders have agreed to expand the state’s foray into state-funded pre-K, but uncertainties about its effectiveness are causing some lawmakers to question the scope and cost of such an expansion.

The Journal Gazette reports that the pilot cost about $10 million to get started, and served about 2,300 disadvantaged children in five counties during its first year. The program’s second year starts in August.

There is no data that gauges the program’s value, and a full study tracking the children’s performance through third grade is not expected until 2020.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the legislature needs to assess where the greatest need is and expand the program from there.​

 

State Board Schedules Hearings To Discuss Status of Turnaround Schools

A math teacher leads a lesson on mathematic inequalities at Charter School of the Dunes in Gary. On average, kids in charter schools outperform their traditional public school counterparts in both math and reading. — Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

A math teacher leads a lesson on mathematic inequalities at Charter School of the Dunes in Gary. On average, kids in charter schools outperform their traditional public school counterparts in both math and reading. — Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

The state Board of Education has scheduled five public hearings for schools in Indianapolis, Gary, East Chicago and Evansville that have been placed in the lowest category of school improvement for five straight years.

  • Wednesday, June 15: Phalen Leadership Academy at Key School 103 (Indianapolis)
  • Wednesday, July 13: Lodge Elementary School (Evansville)
  • Wednesday, July 20: Kilmer School 69 (Indianapolis)
  • Wednesday, August 10: Beveridge Elementary (Gary)
  • Thursday, August 11: Block Junior High (East Chicago)
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