IndyStar report: In an about-face, Pence expresses interest in federal pre-K grant
On Thursday, June 2, Indiana Governor Mike Pence sent a letter to the U.S. Health and Human Services administration. In the letter, he praised the current On My Pre-K pilot and began to explore further investment in the program. From the IndyStar article on the development:
In a letter Thursday to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Pence expressed interest in expanding the state's $10-million-a-year preschool pilot program with the help of the federal grant program.
“Because of the success of our first-ever, state-funded pre-K pilot program, I am committed to opening doors of opportunity to serve even more disadvantaged children in our state,” Pence said in an emailed statement about the letter. “Since the On My Way Pre-K pilot program has come online, we’ve served 2,300 kids in the five pilot project counties. I am committed to growing this program using state and available federal resources.”
Read more on Pence's position -- as well as other perspectives from other Hoosier leaders -- at the Indy Star.