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Indiana's candidates for governor to discuss differing views on education at first campaign debate

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Democrat John Gregg, Libertarian Rex Bell and Republican Eric Holcomb. Democrat John Gregg, Libertarian Rex Bell and Republican Eric Holcomb.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The differing directions that Indiana's candidates for governor want to take the state's schools will be the topic of their first campaign debate.

The nonprofit Indiana Debate Commission is sponsoring Tuesday's session with Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell. It will be before an audience of students and educators at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.

Gregg's education proposals include making state-funded preschool programs available for all 4-year-old children, scaling back use of standardized tests and ending school textbook fees. Gregg says he'll end what he calls Republican attacks on public education.

Holcomb is supporting state-funded preschool for only low-income families. He also generally supports the Republican-backed school initiatives of recent years, including the expansion of charter schools and the state's voucher program for private schools.

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