- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his decision to bypass an $80 million federal grant for preschool education as he touts Indiana’s efforts to prepare its students to succeed in the workplace.

Pence told the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Wednesday that he felt Indiana should use its own resources to launch the pre-K program that serves 1,000 disadvantaged children. He says it wasn’t appropriate to accept federal money to expand the program before it had started.

Critics have said the grant could have helped thousands of additional students.

Pence touted the state’s voucher and charter school programs and said efforts to make career and vocational education available in high schools are critical to closing the skills gap and giving students more career options.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide