Early Childhood Education
The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly and Gov. Mike Pence aren’t on the same page.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence took the unusual step of testifying before a Senate committee last week in support of a proposal to offer up to 1,000 vouchers for low-income prekindergarten students. It's a worthy cause.
PORTAGE | Like a group of elves, volunteers from Home Depot scurried around the Woodland Park preschool facility Friday morning.
Indiana legislation continues along the path of discriminatory preference for private and religious interests while public education performance continues to be negatively misrepresented.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House responded Thursday to Republican Gov. Mike Pence's call for state-supported preschool, voting 87-9 for nearly the same pilot program it approved last year that was killed by the Senate.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence's call to repeal the business personal property tax likely won't have the revenue impact that many local leaders feared once House Republicans get through with it.
INDIANAPOLIS | After dithering more than two decades before agreeing last year to fund full-day kindergarten in Indiana's schools, Hoosier lawmakers appear ready to act faster in establishing state-supported prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds.
The Indianapolis 500 always will be the fastest race in the state, but in even-numbered years the legislative sprint by the Indiana General Assembly runs a close second.
HOBART | The Early Childhood Education class and Brickie Kidz Preschool enjoyed a field trip to County Line Orchard today.
Democrats in the Indiana Senate are making a big push for state funding for early childhood education. They're headed in the right direction.
INDIANAPOLIS | Senate Democrats will push next year to make kindergarten mandatory across Indiana while also having prekindergarten classes available in every school corporation.
INDIANAPOLIS | Despite a majority of Hoosiers electing her to lead their schools, the governor-appointed State Board of Education appears determined to push aside Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction.
Two recent pieces of legislation in the Indiana General Assembly can and will have a profound impact on education in Indiana.
PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board approved spending $20,000 to expand its pre-kindergarten program into all eight elementary schools this coming school year.
INDIANAPOLIS | A Senate panel scaled back a House-approved expansion of Indiana's private school voucher program Thursday by keeping most current eligibility requirements and only slightly increasing the value of a voucher.
LAKE STATION | The Lake Station Community Schools are announcing dates for pre-enrollment of next year's kindergarten students.
President Barack Obama spoke of building bridges during his State of the Union address Tuesday, which ought to be popular in Northwest Indiana.
WESTVILLE | The Purdue University North Central annual Early Childhood Conference, "Local G.E.M.S., guide, educate, motivate and support" will be April 20.
INDIANAPOLIS | Two education proposals backed by Gov. Mike Pence that would expand eligibility for Indiana's private school voucher program and extend state voucher funding to pre-kindergarten students were approved Thursday by a House committee.
HOBART | Parents as Teachers will present the Showcase of Preschools from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at George Earle School, 400 N. Wilson St.
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