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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Saying he wants to "stir the pot" educationally, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called for more aid to charter schools, school vouchers for pre-school children, and other education initiatives.
In a speech at Indiana's original state capital building on Tuesday, Pence pointed out that in Indiana's last legislative session, the school voucher program was expanded, an additional $200 million was dedicated to K-12 schools, and $30 million was provided to reward well-performing schools.
The governor touted several successes, including better math and reading scores, and higher graduation rates. But he pointed out, "More than 200,000 Hoosier kids are in underperforming schools." He went on to say, "Now is the time to move from education reform to education innovation."
Pence called for K-12 education to lead "seamlessly" to job training or an affordable college degree. He also proposed a teacher innovation fund to make grants to teachers who have the best ideas for improving student achievement. He said, "I believe that if we give teachers more freedom, and show that we support innovation, they will do things no one had thought of before. And our kids will benefit."
He also supports a "Choices for Teachers" program to provide a stipend for teachers working in a low-performing public school or public charter school with a high-percentage of low-income students.