Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana
A student looks through a book about fruit and flowers at Busy Bees Academy, a publicly-funded preschool in Columbus.
Walk through the halls of Busy Bees Academy, a publicly-funded preschool in Columbus, and director Cathne Holliday says you’ll notice something different
“Everyone has a stake in each child’s education,” she says.
Teachers here are charged with preparing each of the school’s 115 4-year-olds for kindergarten.
“We’re also just giving them a foundation for learning,” says Holliday.
Indiana used to be one of 10 states that didn’t provide any state dollars for preschool — and public programs like Busy Bees were the exception, not the rule. But that’s about to change as Gov. Mike Pence is expected to sign legislation that creates a small-scale voucher-style pre-K program for low-income Hoosier kids. Continue Reading
Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels could be the next president of Purdue University, according to a report from WISH-TV.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Gov. Mitch Daniels will be selected as Purdue University’s next president on Thursday, WFIU-FM/WTIU-TV has confirmed, citing a source close to the governor.
WISH-TV first broke the story Tuesday afternoon:
Purdue University officials plan to vote on a candidate for the school’s next president this week – and WISH-TV has learned Gov. Mitch Daniels is the candidate in question.
The Purdue Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Steward Center’s Loeb Playhouse to vote on a nominee to be the school’s 12th president. Several sources close to the proceedings tells WISH-TV that the nominee is Daniels. After the vote, the president-elect will be introduced, the school said in a news release.
Sara Wittmeyer / WFIU
A craft project created by Pre-K students at Penny Lane West School in Bloomington.
A bill poised for passage in the Indiana General Assembly would provide $80 million to fully fund all-day kindergarten programs, which many educators consider a step forward.
Preschool programs are another story.
Even as the Pew Center on the States reports other states have doubled their investment in Pre-K programs over the past decade, Indiana’s one of only 11 states that don’t provide families any money for preschool.
Educators say a “convergence” of research confirms preschool’s importance. But lawmakers say it’s not a question of importance — it’s a question of preschool’s cost. Continue Reading