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State Rep. Vernon G. Smith laments governor's failure to help Indiana schoolchildren who lack most basic of resources

State Rep. Vernon G. Smith laments governor's failure to help Indiana schoolchildren who lack most basic of resources
For immediate release: Oct. 22, 2014   INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary), ranking Democrat on the Indiana House Education Committee, said he was shocked and greatly disappointed that Gov. Mike Pence would not sign an application for an $80 million federal grant that would have enabled 2,000 low-income children the opportunity for early childhood education. “The General Assembly has been working in a bipartisan manner to open the doors of opportunity for Indiana’s Read More...

Governor owes Indiana a better explanation about why he is not seeking pre-K grant

Governor owes Indiana a better explanation about why he is not seeking pre-K grant
For immediate release: Oct. 17, 2014   INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) said Gov. Mike Pence owes Muncie and the rest of the state a more complete explanation about why he did not submit the state’s application for an $80 million federal grant for early childhood education. “I was shocked and dismayed to learn of the governor’s 11th-hour decision, which was not publicly announced, but surfaced in an internal email to the Indiana Early Learning Advisory Read More...

IHDC Leader Pelath says governor's miscue on pre-k ends a bad week for public schoolchildren in Indiana

IHDC Leader Pelath says governor's miscue on pre-k ends a bad week for public schoolchildren in Indiana
For immediate release: Oct. 17, 2014   INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City today issued the following statement on events from the past week that impact Hoosier schoolchildren: “The people of Indiana have just seen a week where their leaders talked like pro wrestlers, while demonstrating the backbone of invertebrates. It would be fun to watch if these circumstances didn’t offer grim omens for the schoolchildren of Indiana. “Let us Read More...