NewsEducationEducation Policy / December 10, 2013

Governor Draws Line Between Universal And ‘Targeted’ Pre-K Program

Governor Draws Line Between Universal And ‘Targeted’ Pre-K Program

Gov. Mike Pence would rather state lawmakers create a state-run preschool program targeted toward low-income families rather than a program for which all of the state’s children would be eligible.

“The evidence of success of universal pre-K is rather mixed,” Pence told reporters on Tuesday after a speech in Corydon to outline his education agenda.

The leaders of the Indiana Senate’s Democratic caucus announced in September they wanted the state to create a universal preschool option. Pence proposes to create preschool vouchers for families with incomes of up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

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