Advocates: Spend $50M a year on prekindergarten

The below article was written by Chelsea Schneider and published on on
January 3, 2017

As this year's legislative session opens today, child advocacy groups are turning up their call for state lawmakers to commit long-term funding for prekindergarten education.

But initial proposals from Republican legislators indicate they’re already getting cold feet, with plans amounting to a more modest increase to the state’s limited pilot program.

A leader of the coalition advocating for a funding boost said the state needs to move beyond “pilot thinking.” To do so, lawmakers should commit at least $50 million per year to pre-K, Ann Murtlow, CEO of the United Way of Central Indiana, told IndyStar. Her comments represent the first time the coalition has publicly shared its funding request since forming in August.

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With United Way, advocating is about raising awareness, generating conversations and supporting solutions that can mkae a lasting and positive difference in Central Indiana. Learn more about our legislative priorities in our Public Policy Agenda and join us for Pre-K Advocacy Day at the Indiana Statehouse on January 25.