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Governor gets money he wants for pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is getting the additional funding he wanted to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The state’s two-year budget allots $22 million, $12 million more than currently given to the state’s publicly funded pre-K programs. Nearly all of that money will go into On My Way Pre-K classrooms, […]

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Lawmakers searching for agreement on pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are still trying to find common ground on how to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The pre-K bill, House Bill 1004, is now a stripped-down version of the original House legislation. The legislation deals the state’s publicly funded On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends 4-year-olds from […]

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Stripped-down pre-K bill advances in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers stripped a pre-kindergarten bill of its original language Wednesday, removing a provision for school vouchers and providing fewer dollars to expand the state’s pre-K pilot program. In its previous form, House Bill 1004 would not only expand the state’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program, but also allow […]

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Pre-K debate continues in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program could soon be expanded to more counties, making early education opportunities available to more low-income students in the state. While lawmakers are still at odds over how much money the state’s pre-K program should receive over the next two years, Rep. Bob […]

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Statehouse Chambers don’t agree on pre-K funding

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for less pre-kindergarten spending than the plans proposed by both the Indiana House and Gov. Eric Holcomb. The committee Thursday altered Senate Bill 276 to include a $3 million increase to the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends low-income children to […]

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Advocates rally for expanded pre-K pilot program

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – People from across Indiana rallied for expansion of preschool education for low-income children on Wednesday before lawmakers considered a bill to increase funds for that program. “We need to do all we can because success really does start early with our kids,” Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said at the rally. […]

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Pre-K applications available for low-income families

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Registration for a program providing free, preschool education is open for the third year. On My Way Pre-K is a pilot program for low-income families in five counties: Allen, Jackson, Marion, Lake and Vanderburgh. Christina Hage, vice president of public policy at United Way of Central Indiana, said preparing […]

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Ritz pushes for universal pre-K program

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz wants Indiana to have a universal pre-K program. Ritz Tuesday wanted to make the Indiana Department of Education’s goal very clear ahead of the General Assembly’s budget session next year. “Indiana cannot have a system of high quality when we have students that come […]

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Pence expresses interest in expanding state’s pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Thursday to Secretary Sylvia Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services expressing interest in expanding the state’s pre-K program for disadvantaged children. “Because of the success of our first-ever, state-funded pre-K pilot program, I am committed to opening doors of opportunity to […]

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Applications being accepted for Indiana’s Pre-K program

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Parents of preschoolers in certain counties can now apply to have their child attend a pre-kindergarten program for free. “On My Way Pre-K is the name for the state’s first effort to provide state funding for pre-kindergarten education,” said Marni Lemons, spokeswoman for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. […]