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In Indiana, GOP candidate touts school choice, backs slower preschool expansion


September 27, 2016
AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Scott Elliot
Chalkbeat

In dueling speeches to education groups, Holcomb and Gregg laid out their plans

As Indiana governor’s race starts to heat up, both candidates have now spelled out a clear vision for how they would try to improve schools throughout the state — and there are several major differences between them. Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled his education plan for the first time Monday in a speech to education leaders….

Holcomb spoke just after his Democratic opponent, John Gregg, addressed the group.

Gregg, who first released his education plan earlier this month, also promised to better involve educators in state policy decisions, but beyond that, the two have sharply different positions on key issues in education. Some examples:

Charter schools and vouchers: Holcomb said he strongly supports Indiana’s fast-growing school choice programs, while Gregg blasted for-profit charter schools as hurting public education.

Preschool: Gregg is pushing a plan for universal, state-funded preschool for all four-year-olds, but Holcomb wants to expand Indiana’s preschool pilot program in stages and pay just for poor kids to attend, not all four-year-olds.