Despite the support of the state’s Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma, an effort to fund early childhood education Indiana will have to wait. Therefore Indiana will remain one of just nine states that does not directly fund preschool opportunities.
Instead, as Goshen News Statehouse Bureau Chief Maureen Hayden reported Monday, Pence’s proposed voucher-style pilot program that would have served as many as 44,000 of the state’s neediest 4-year-olds, has been rerouted to a summer study committee. That’s unfortunate in our eyes. Indiana lags behind the majority of the United States in pre-school initiatives and in many other academic measurements. We see early childhood education as an important tool improving overall scholastic performance.
State Sen. Carlin Yoder of Middlebury is opposed to Pence’s plan, citing parental responsibility.